Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

It's impossible to make it big as a College Admissions Counselors in the United States; the average employee scrapes together only around $36K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for College Admissions Counselors is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,193 - $50,482
$29K
$36K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,269
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$12.99 - $23.29
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MEDIAN: $17.33
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,193 - $50,482  
   
Bonus
$195.74 - $9,933  
Commission
$8,000  
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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$29,149 - $50,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 620
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.99 - $23.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24  
Overtime
$18.48 - $35.51  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$195.74 - $9,933  
   
Commission
$8,000  
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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$29,149 - $50,539  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 74

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Job Description for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

The job of a college or university admissions counselor is to work with incoming students for undergraduate or post-graduate study. They help the prospective student understand admissions requirements and road map their pre-admission studies for compliance with university standards.

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Admissions Counselor (College/University) Tasks

  • Respond to inquiries from prospective students.
  • Schedule and conduct presentations and workshops for prospective students.
  • Set interview appointments to determine a prospective student's interests, education/career goals and qualifications.

Common Career Paths for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


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As College Admissions Counselors transition into upper-level roles such as College Admissions Director, they may see a strong upturn in salary. College Admissions Directors earn $59K on average per year. When College Admissions Counselors are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Associate College Admissions Directors or Assistant Director of Admissions (College/University)s. Those roles pay an additional $13K and $8K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


College Admissions Counselors report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 6 percent. Most people experienced in Counseling also know Public Speaking.

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

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for College Admissions Counselors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $35K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $43K. College Admissions Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $45K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,401

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

For College Admissions Counselors, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 37 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), Chicago (+12 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Nashville, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Manchester (10 percent lower) and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲24%

▲22%

▲17%

National Average
$36,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

▲6%


▲3%


Marketing Communications
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼1%




Event Planning
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 84 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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