Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

Pay for College Admissions Counselors in the United States is very modest at just $36K annually. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of College Admissions Counselors (68 percent) who took the survey are women. Job satisfaction for College Admissions Counselors is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,231 - $50,724
$29K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,309
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$13.02 - $23.62
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MEDIAN: $17.37
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,231 - $50,724  
   
Bonus
$197.27 - $9,899  
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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$29,191 - $50,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 643
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.02 - $23.62  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24  
Overtime
$18.23 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$197.27 - $9,899  
   
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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$29,191 - $50,758  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 75

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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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College Admissions Counselors may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as College Admissions Director. The latter position pays an average of $59K annually. It is quite typical for College Admissions Counselors to transition into roles as Associate College Admissions Directors or College Assistant Directors of Admissions, where reported median earnings are $13K and $8K higher per year.

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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 Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Counseling indicates knowledge of 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $35K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $42K. College Admissions Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $45K. As College Admissions Counselors reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,443

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

Home to some of the best pay for College Admissions Counselors, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 29 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+23 percent), New York (+22 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Nashville is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in Manchester and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%
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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲44%

▲24%

▲16%

National Average
$36,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Sales
▲5%

▲3%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲3%


Public Speaking
▼0%

National Average
$36,000

▼2%




Event Planning
▼2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 82 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
2%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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