Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Advisors in the United States can expect to earn an average of $41K annually. Compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $54K per year on the higher end. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by geography and tenure. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Admissions Advisors. Most College Admissions Advisors survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for 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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$14
$19
$24
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary 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$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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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 $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)


Employees of DeVry University can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $48K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging 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)


Typical College Admissions Advisors report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Counseling, Recruiting, and Customer Service are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in 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.


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. On average, College Admissions Advisors make $43K following one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $48K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,883

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

Charlotte offers some of the highest pay in the country for College Admissions Advisors, 25 percent above the national average. College Admissions Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Indianapolis (+18 percent), Portland (+12 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Houston ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 6 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Phoenix and Dallas (4 percent lower and 2 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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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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