Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

The average College Admissions Advisor in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $41K per year. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $54K per year on the higher end. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Female College Admissions Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most College Admissions Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$30,824 - $55,282
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,753
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$14.02 - $23.83
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,824 - $55,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,263 - $54,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.02 - $23.83  
   
Overtime
$21.31 - $38.66  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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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$30,263 - $54,352  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 195
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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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College Admissions Advisors who move on to become College Admissions Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as College Admissions Directors get paid an average of $59K per year. The most common career progression for College Admissions Advisors leads to becoming an Associate Director of College Admissions, where average pay is $49K annually. However, many College Admissions Advisors also opt to become College Academic Advisors. Typically, a College Academic Advisor brings home $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


Although DeVry University heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $48K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $40K to $74K.

Salaries are easily beat at National American University, where median pay comes to just $33K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $24K and ending at $41K, range in salary is rather small.

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. Most notably, skills in Sales, Counseling, Recruiting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know Sales.

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

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


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $40K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $43K. College Admissions Advisors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $48K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,883

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Charlotte is home to an above-average pay rate for College Admissions Advisors, 25 percent higher than the national average. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+18 percent), Portland (+12 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). In Houston, salaries are 6 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 4 percent less in Phoenix and 2 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Sales
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Recruiting
up arrow 2%

Counseling
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Customer Service
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National Average
$41,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 103 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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