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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

An average College Admissions Advisor in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K annually. Compensation ranges between $30K and $53K per year. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography and tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,343 - $53,884
(Median)
$30K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,763
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$13.50 - $22.97
(Median)
$13
$19
$23
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,343 - $53,884  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,553  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $4,932  
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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$29,764 - $52,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.50 - $22.97  
   
Overtime
$18.22 - $37.12  
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 - $2,553  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $4,932  
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).
)
$29,764 - $52,791  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 188

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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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Many College Admissions Advisors move into a College Admissions Director role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much 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 $48K. Many others choose to work as College Academic Advisors, where pay is typically $37K.

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 $47K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $39K, and the higher end is not far away at $64K.

Employees at National American University take home the smallest paychecks, and $35K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $29K and quickly nearing the top at only $42K.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


Job skills reported by College Admissions Advisors are limited. Those who have experience with Sales, Recruiting, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those educated in Customer Service tend to be well versed in Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $45K. College Admissions Advisors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $42K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $48K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, College Admissions Advisors in Charlotte enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. College Admissions Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Portland (+13 percent), San Francisco (+10 percent), Chicago (+8 percent), and New York (+6 percent). The lowest-paying market is Jacksonville, which sits 8 percent below the national average. Dallas and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 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

Recruiting
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Sales
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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 162 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 10%