Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

The average College Admissions Advisor in the United States earns approximately $41K per year. Earnings sit near $30K on the lower side but can approach $53K per year on the higher side. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the particular firm, followed by the particular city and years of experience. Most College Admissions Advisors survey respondents are women (71 percent). A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for College Admissions Advisors is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,253 - $54,417
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,554
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$13.85 - $23.28
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$14
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,253 - $54,417  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,966  
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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$29,875 - $53,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 478
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $23.28  
   
Overtime
$20.79 - $38.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,044  
   
Profit Sharing
$201.34 - $4,966  
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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$29,875 - $53,249  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 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 who move on to become College Admissions Directors may enjoy significant pay raises, as College Admissions Directors get paid an average of $58K per year. As College Admissions Advisors progress in their field, many go on to become Associate Director of College Admissionss. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $48K per year. Another common career choice for College Admissions Advisors is to move into a College Academic Advisor role. Typically, College Academic Advisors get paid $37K.

Admissions Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


DeVry University offers the best pay with a median salary of $49K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $40K and maxing out at just $67K.

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 only report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Sales, Recruiting, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $40K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $45K. College Admissions Advisors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $43K. College Admissions Advisors who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $48K.

Pay Difference by Location


Charlotte is home to an above-average pay rate for College Admissions Advisors, 22 percent higher than the national average. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Portland (+13 percent), San Francisco (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Tampa (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (6 percent less) and Phoenix (3 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

Recruiting
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Sales
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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
25%
10-19 years
7%
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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