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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary (United States)

A little under three-quarters of College Admissions Advisors are still navigating the early stages of their careers and report less than five years' experience. The workforce as a whole reports a median income in the neighborhood of $40K annually. Pay generally varies between $30K and $52K per year. The specific employer is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and location are driving factors as well. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women account for the majority of College Admissions Advisors — 67 percent to be exact. The majority of College Admissions Advisors claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary (?
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$29,964 - $53,071
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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary (?
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$12.51 - $22.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,964 - $53,071  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,915  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,894  
Commission
$750 - $20,500  
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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$29,517 - $52,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 622
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.51 - $22.84  
   
Overtime
$11.84 - $37.90  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,915  
   
Commission
$750 - $20,500  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $4,894  
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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$29,517 - $52,478  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
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Job Description for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

College and university admissions advisors are responsible for acting as a liaison between their school and the general public. They are in charge of deploying recruiting strategies that help increase recognition for their organization. They provide the necessary information for possible admission candidates and their families so that they can make a more informed decision. They build interest, and awareness for their school using innovative materials, and offerings, work increase the number of applications the institution receives, serves as a point of contact for freshman students, and guides them through all the enrollment process. Additional tasks performed by the advisor includes developing excellent relationships with family members and prospective university members in on- and off-campus events, responding to emails pertaining to enrollment application questions, and processing paperwork as needed. They also attend college fairs, regularly review acceptance forms, and report their progress to the admissions manager in their organization.
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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Tasks
  • Set interview appointments to determine a prospective student's interests, education/career goals and qualifications.
  • Schedule and conduct presentations and workshops for prospective students.
  • Respond to inquiries from prospective students.

Common Career Paths for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

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Additional career progression can often lead to a hefty increase in pay for College Admissions Advisors. Many move into an College Admissions Director role where pay averages at $57K per year. Going from College Admissions Advisor to Associate Director of College Admissions is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $48K. Many others choose to work as College Academic Advisors, where pay is typically $37K.

Admissions Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Salary cannot be beat at DeVry University, where median pay comes to $46K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $39K, and the higher end is not far away at $62K.
College Admissions Advisors will find the worst pay at National American University, where the median salary crawls in at $35K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $43K, leaving little room for growth. ECPI College of Technology is yet another employer known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

College Admissions Advisors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Those who have experience with Sales, Recruiting, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $44K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $39K. College Admissions Advisors see a median salary of $42K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $50K. A fair portion of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one-seventh, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than two percent.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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National Average
$40,000
Phoenix
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For College Admissions Advisors, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Tampa also offer top salaries for College Admissions Advisors. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 13 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more, respectively. Dallas is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 9 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Jacksonville and Orlando (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Sales
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Recruiting
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Customer Service
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National Average
$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5 based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%