Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

Those pursuing careers as College Admissions Counselors in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $37K per year. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. More than half of College Admissions Counselors (69 percent) survey participants are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Admissions Counselors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,575 - $51,242
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$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,948
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$12.91 - $22.92
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$0$51K
Salary $29,575 - $51,242
Bonus $197.27 - $9,899
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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$29,509 - $51,072
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 609
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.91 - $22.92
Hourly Tips $0.24
Overtime $18.11 - $33.31
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $197.27 - $9,899
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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$29,509 - $51,072
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 79

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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 progress into high-paying roles like College Admissions Director, where median compensation is $59K annually. A common career progression for a College Admissions Counselor is to become an Associate Director of College Admissions or an Assistant Director of Admissions (College/University). Compared to College Admissions Counselors, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $7K more.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


College Admissions Counselors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Event Planning. Most people experienced in Counseling also know 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: $37,128

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

For those looking to make money, College Admissions Counselors in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 35 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Nashville is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Manchester and San Antonio (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Admissions Counselor (College/University) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Admissions Counselor (College/University)?

Admissions Counselor (College/University) in Jackson:
"Deadlines are constant."
Pros: Working with students and the staff that I work with.
Cons: Deadlines are back to back.

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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
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
▲21%

▲19%

▲15%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$37,000


Marketing Communications
▼2%

▼3%




Event Planning
▼4%

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
64%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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