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

With around three-quarters of College Admissions Advisors reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $40,162 per year. Pay ranges from $29,517 on the low end to $52,478 per year on the higher side. While years of experience and geographic location impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. Benefits are common in this line of work, with most reporting medical and dental coverage and more than half collecting vision insurance. Female College Admissions Advisors are more common than men; more than half (67 percent) of College Admissions Advisors are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Admissions Advisors. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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  
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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 (?
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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  
PayScale
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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As College Admissions Advisors transition into upper-level roles, they usually see a strong upturn in salary. For instance, it is not uncommon for an College Admissions Director to earn an extra $17,280 per year than his or her lower-level colleagues. The most common promotion for College Admissions Advisors, an Associate Director of College Admissions position brings in an extra $7,732 annually. Another standard transition for College Admissions Advisors seeking advancement is to assume a College Academic Advisor role, where pay often drops by $3,453.

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 $46,326. Salary range is somewhat confined, however, with base pay starting at $39K and ending at $62K.
National American University offers the least pay with a median salary of $35,202; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $42K. Also approaching the lower end are ECPI College of Technology at $36,259 and Heald College at $45,292.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by College Admissions Advisors who took the survey. Those who have experience with Sales can expect to be compensated well for these skills, typically earning 4 percent more than the national average, respectively. 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.
Standard salaries begin at $39K and can reach $44K after five to 10 years. Between 10 and 20 years, pay reaches $42K. After 20 years of work in the field, College Admissions Advisors typically earn $50K and go on to enjoy solid increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 6 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 14 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 2 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; most of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for College Admissions Advisors, Portland offers exceptional salaries, 14 percent above the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Tampa, where College Admissions Advisors annually earn 13 percent, 13 percent, 8 percent, and 8 percent more than the national average. The lowest-paying market is Dallas, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Jacksonville (-7 percent) and Orlando (-5 percent).

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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$40,000

Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Sales
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$40,000

Job Satisfaction

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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%
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