Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

Median pay for College Admissions Advisors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $41K per year. Pay ranges from $30K on the low end to $53K per year on the high end. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and tenure. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female College Admissions Advisors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. Most College Admissions Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,305 - $54,508
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,544
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$13.93 - $23.28
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,305 - $54,508  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
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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$29,938 - $53,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 474
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.93 - $23.28  
   
Overtime
$20.79 - $38.61  
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 - $2,044  
   
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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$29,938 - $53,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as College Admissions Director, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $58K 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 $49K. Many others choose to work as College Academic Advisors, where pay is 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 $67K).

Offering a median of only $35K, National American University pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $24K on the lower end and $42K on the higher end.

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. 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.


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $40K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $45K on average. College Admissions Advisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $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


College Admissions Advisors will find that Charlotte offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 22 percent. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+13 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Tampa (+6 percent). In Jacksonville, salaries are 8 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and Phoenix (4 percent less).

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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

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 11%
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