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 $37K per year. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of College Admissions Counselors (69 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,278 - $51,072
$29K
$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,698
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$12.90 - $22.97
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MEDIAN: $17.51
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$29,278 - $51,072  
   
Bonus
$198.66 - $9,863  
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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$29,180 - $50,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 628
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.90 - $22.97  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24  
Overtime
$18.23 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$198.66 - $9,863  
   
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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$29,180 - $50,985  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 82

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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' 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.

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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

National Average: $36,915

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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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Key Stats for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲22%

▲20%

▲15%

National Average
$37,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

▲5%


▲2%

National Average
$37,000


Marketing Communications
▼1%

▼3%




Event Planning
▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
65%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
no benefits
None: 11%
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