Salaries for Student Advisors in the United States average out at around $40K annually, but Washington employers pay the most, offering approximately $49K on average. Student Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+20 percent), Phoenix (+18 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and San Francisco (+17 percent). The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$31,262 - $53,385
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$31K
$40K
$53K
MEDIAN: $40,408
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$10.01 - $23.14
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$31,262 - $53,385  
   
Bonus
$1,409 - $2,483  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,042 - $52,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 276
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $23.14  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $40.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$1,409 - $2,483  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$28,042 - $52,625  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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Job Description for Student Advisor

Universities, community colleges, and vocational and technical schools are the typical employers of a student advisor. These institutions use student advisors to assist enrollees in creating academic schedules and making progress towards graduation. The advisor assists students and provides them with the tools necessary to be successful in their academic careers.

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Student Advisor Tasks

  • Sustain contact with students throughout their education journey and guide them towards graduation.
  • Provide mentoring and success strategy counseling services to students.
  • Issue recommendations to the proper department for enhanced student success.
  • Advise students on potential avenues of education based on strengths and interests.
  • Assist with student enrollment and registration.

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While Student Advisors do not often become Physician Assistants, the job pays $84K per year on average. Student Advisors most often move into positions as Software Engineers or Mechanical Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $38K higher and $24K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Student Advisor


Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $39K to just $55K — but DeVry University offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $43K.

Popular Skills for Student Advisor


Survey takers working as Student Advisors report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in People Management, Mentoring, Microsoft Office, and advising are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Event Planning, immigration, and Customer Service. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in advising.

Pay by Experience Level for Student Advisor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $39K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $42K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $41K in this role. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $43K.

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Experience Affects Student Advisor Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 7%


National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Student Advisor Salaries

People Management
up arrow 11%

Mentoring
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

advising
up arrow 3%

Counseling
0%

National Average
$40,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Program Management
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 3%

Recruiting
up arrow 3%

immigration
up arrow 4%

Event Planning
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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