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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 $35K per year. Earnings generally vary between $27K and $47K per year. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. More than half of College Admissions Counselors (66 percent) survey participants are women. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$27,895 - $46,335
(Median)
$28K
$35K
$46K
MEDIAN: $34,975
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$9.85 - $22.81
(Median)
$9
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,895 - $46,335  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,558  
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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$27,131 - $46,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,067
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.85 - $22.81  
   
Overtime
$7.76 - $34.41  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,558  
   
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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$27,131 - $46,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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

  • Set interview appointments to determine a prospective student's interests, education/career goals and qualifications.
  • Schedule and conduct presentations and workshops for prospective students.
  • Respond to inquiries from prospective students.

Common Career Paths for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


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Compensation may increase greatly for College Admissions Counselors who advance to upper-end positions like College Admissions Director. Median pay for College Admissions Directors is $58K per year. College Admissions Counselors most often move into positions as Associate College Admissions Directors or College Assistant Directors of Admissions; those groups report median salaries that are $13K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


Survey results suggest that College Admissions Counselors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Counseling, Marketing Communications, Public Speaking, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Public Speaking.

Pay Difference by Location


For College Admissions Counselors, San Diego provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), New York (+15 percent), Tampa (+11 percent), and Phoenix (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville.

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries



National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries



Recruiting
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Public Speaking
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Microsoft Office
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$35,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 305 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 11%