Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary
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.Read More...
These counselors also generally act as a point of contact for anyone seeking admission or transfer to the college, and much of their work involves being the point person to high school students considering undergraduate enrollment. The counselor provides these students and their parents with information about the university and any specific programs of interest. They must also be available as a point of contact to provide or schedule tours of the campus for students as well. In many situations, a university expects an admissions counselor to perform some form of outreach to high schools in the area to help promote the college’s programs to these prospective enrollees.
The counselor also works with students finishing undergraduate work who are interested in post-graduate study. The counselor help choose a program that fits the career and study needs of these students, and then provides ongoing feedback on progress towards gaining enrollment. Additionally, the counselor also works with students interested in transferring to the university, helping a potential transfer decide whether their school has programs that fit the student's needs and if they have the necessary credentials to transfer.
To work as a college or university admissions counselor, an institution normally requires at least a bachelor’s degree in some educational or counseling discipline. They also look for prior academic counseling experience.
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)
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
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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