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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

A large fraction of take-home pay for College Admissions Advisors comes from commissions — close to one-half on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $41K. The pay spectrum stretches from $30K to $53K per year. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career length and geographic location. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most College Admissions Advisors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of College Admissions Advisors (68 percent) who took the survey are female. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
$30,110 - $53,928
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54K
MEDIAN: $40,671
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$13.28 - $22.96
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,110 - $53,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,973  
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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$29,619 - $52,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 549
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.28 - $22.96  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $37.65  
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 - $2,973  
   
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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$29,619 - $52,941  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 204
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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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For College Admissions Advisors, career progression typically leads to a rather large increase in compensation. On average, an upper-level role like an College Admissions Director will earn $58K annually. 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)


College Admissions Advisors in search of the best pay head to DeVry University, where the median salary rolls in at $47K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $63K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $38K.

College Admissions Advisors will find the worst pay at National American University, where the median salary crawls in at $35K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $43K, leaving little room for growth.

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


Professional skills reported by College Admissions Advisors are few in number. Those who have experience with Sales, Recruiting, and Customer Service can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales.

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

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $45K. For College Admissions Advisors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $42K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $50K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 13 percent, College Admissions Advisors in Portland receive some of the highest pay in the country. College Admissions Advisors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), New York (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in Jacksonville. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Orlando (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 10%