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 $35K annually. Lower pay rates hover around $27K, and the higher rates verge on $47K per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Women make up the majority of College Admissions Counselors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Most College Admissions Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$27,857 - $46,696
(Median)
$28K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,975
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$11.68 - $22.49
(Median)
$12
$16
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,857 - $46,696  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
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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$27,407 - $47,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 930
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.68 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $34.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,534  
   
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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$27,407 - $47,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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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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At the upper end, College Admissions Counselors who move into a College Admissions Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for College Admissions Directors is a much higher $58K per year. It is quite typical for College Admissions Counselors to transition into roles as Associate College Admissions Directors or College Assistant Directors of Admissions, where reported median earnings are $13K and $9K higher per year.

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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 Customer Relationship Management, Sales, Marketing Communications, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 12 percent. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Public Speaking.

Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $34K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $40K. College Admissions Counselors claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $44K. College Admissions Counselors who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


College Admissions Counselors will find that San Diego offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 21 percent. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+18 percent), New York (+15 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), and Indianapolis (+8 percent). Louisville is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Nashville and 6 percent less in Salt Lake City, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 12%

Sales
up arrow 8%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Recruiting
up arrow 1%

Public Speaking
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$35,000

Event Planning
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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