Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary
|Salary||$29,278 - $51,072|
|Bonus||$198.66 - $9,863|
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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).)
|$29,180 - $50,985|
|Hourly Rate||$12.90 - $22.97|
|Overtime||$18.23 - $36.00|
|Bonus||$198.66 - $9,863|
|Total Pay (||$29,180 - $50,985|
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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a College Admissions Director. The average College Admissions Director brings home $59K per year. College Admissions Counselors most often move into positions as Associate College Admissions Directors or Assistant Director of Admissions (College/University)s; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $8K higher, respectively.
Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)
College Admissions Counselors report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Event Planning. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Public Speaking.
Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Counselor (College/University)
Pay by Experience for an Admissions Counselor (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Admissions Counselor (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 582 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Admissions Counselor (College/University) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Admissions Counselor (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 47 salaries. An Admissions Counselor (College/University) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 8 salaries.
Pay Difference by Location
Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for College Admissions Counselors, 36 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+22 percent), New York (+20 percent), Chicago (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Nashville ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Manchester and San Antonio are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.
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