Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

For College Admissions Advisors, yearly average wages total $40K annually. Pay ranges from $30K on the low end to $54K per year on the high end. While geography and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Most College Admissions Advisors survey respondents are women (70 percent). Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most College Admissions Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,331 - $54,647

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$13.99 - $23.60

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,331 - $54,647  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,015  
Profit Sharing
$850 - $3,000  
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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$29,922 - $53,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 467
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.99 - $23.60  
   
Overtime
$21.11 - $39.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,015  
   
Profit Sharing
$850 - $3,000  
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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$29,922 - $53,657  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 194
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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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Advancing into a College Admissions Director role seems to be a popular career move for College Admissions Advisors, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $58K 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 $48K 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)


DeVry University pays the most with a median salary of $49K, though there is little variation overall ($40K to $68K).

National American University reports the lowest median salary in the area (it's only $35K) but some workers make up to $42K, indicating a rather large gap in employee earnings.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


College Admissions Advisors report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Recruiting, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are 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.


Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $40K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $45K. College Admissions Advisors see a median salary of $43K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


For College Admissions Advisors, Charlotte provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. College Admissions Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+19 percent), Portland (+13 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Phoenix (6 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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National Average
$41,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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