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

More than two-thirds of College Admissions Advisors are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $40,162 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $29,517 to $52,478 per year. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career length and location. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a solid majority collect dental insurance. More than half of College Admissions Advisors (67 percent) are women. Most College Admissions Advisors report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary (?
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$29,964 - $53,071
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MEDIAN: $40,119
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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  
PayScale
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 make advancements in their career path, salaries often climb aggressively. Typically, those in less important roles will make $17,280 less annually than those in higher-end positions, such as College Admissions Director. With an annual $7,732 increase in salary, an Associate Director of College Admissions is the most common role for College Admissions Advisors to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a College Academic Advisor role—which actually slashes pay by $3,453—is also typical for College Admissions Advisors, though less common by comparison.

Admissions Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

With a median salary of $46,326, DeVry University offers College Admissions Advisors the highest pay in their field; however, earnings are capped at $62K, limiting employee salary growth.
National American University doles out the lowest salaries in town—median pay is $35,202—not to mention workers can only make as much as $42K and scope of pay is rather limited. Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at ECPI College of Technology ($36,259) and Heald College ($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. Sales is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. 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.
After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $39K to $44K. Salary comes to $42K after 10 to 20 years. Even after two decades, College Admissions Advisors continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $50K. 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. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; most of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Portland
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National Average
$40,000
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For those looking to make money, College Admissions Advisors in Portland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 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. Trailing the national average by 9 percent, Dallas is the market with the smallest paychecks. Jacksonville and Orlando are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -7 percent and -5 percent, respectively.

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Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Sales
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Recruiting
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Customer Service
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National Average
$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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