College Admissions Advisors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $42K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. More than half of College Admissions Advisors (66 percent) survey participants are women. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,790 - $57,699
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$32K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,929
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$14.00 - $24.55
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,790 - $57,699  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
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$30,926 - $56,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 225
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.00 - $24.55  
   
Overtime
$22.75 - $39.45  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,017  
   
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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$30,926 - $56,033  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 100
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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 often transition into College Admissions Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, College Admissions Directors earn $59K per year. More often than not, an Associate Director of College Admissions role is the next step for College Admissions Advisors moving up in the field. Associate College Admissions Directors usually make $49K per year. Many other College Admissions Advisors choose to take on a College Academic Advisor role, where salaries are typically $37K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


National American University, Heald College, ECPI College of Technology, Kaplan University, and DeVry University are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of College Admissions Advisors. The biggest paychecks can be found at Kaplan University — the median salary there is $46K.

The lowest salaries can be found at National American University — median pay is $33K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $24K and only reaching $41K.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


Survey results suggest that College Admissions Advisors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Office, Sales, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Counseling. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales.

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

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $40K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $46K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $48K in this role. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,498

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

With a pay rate for College Admissions Advisors that is 25 percent greater than the national average, Charlotte offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+16 percent), Orlando (+13 percent), and Portland (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Houston and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries


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National Average
$41,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 12%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 11%

Sales
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Recruiting
0%

National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Counseling
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 36 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
30%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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