Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Counselors aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $36K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $28K and $49K per year. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the majority of College Admissions Counselors (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for College Admissions Counselors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$28,746 - $48,793
(Median)
$29K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,615
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90%

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$11.93 - $23.24
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,746 - $48,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$28,423 - $49,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 928
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $23.24  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $38.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$28,423 - $49,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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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For College Admissions Counselors, progressing to a College Admissions Director role may result in a significant raise. On average, a College Admissions Director can earn $59K annually. A common career progression for a College Admissions Counselor is to become an Associate Director of College Admissions or a College Assistant Director of Admissions. Compared to College Admissions Counselors, the first group earns $13K more on average, and the second group earns $8K more.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


Survey results show that College Admissions Counselors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Counseling, Marketing Communications, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $35K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. College Admissions Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $46K. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran College Admissions Counselors report making only $42K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,619

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

San Diego is home to an above-average pay rate for College Admissions Counselors, 23 percent higher than the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Indianapolis (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Atlanta is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Salt Lake City and Manchester earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 14%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Recruiting
0%

Public Speaking
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$36,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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