Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary
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.Read More...
These counselors also generally act as a point of contact for anyone seeking admission or transfer to the college, and much of their work involves being the point person to high school students considering undergraduate enrollment. The counselor provides these students and their parents with information about the university and any specific programs of interest. They must also be available as a point of contact to provide or schedule tours of the campus for students as well. In many situations, a university expects an admissions counselor to perform some form of outreach to high schools in the area to help promote the college’s programs to these prospective enrollees.
The counselor also works with students finishing undergraduate work who are interested in post-graduate study. The counselor help choose a program that fits the career and study needs of these students, and then provides ongoing feedback on progress towards gaining enrollment. Additionally, the counselor also works with students interested in transferring to the university, helping a potential transfer decide whether their school has programs that fit the student's needs and if they have the necessary credentials to transfer.
To work as a college or university admissions counselor, an institution normally requires at least a bachelor’s degree in some educational or counseling discipline. They also look for prior academic counseling experience.
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)
College Admissions Counselors who transition into a College Admissions Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $59K 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 $8K 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, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Counseling are, more often than not, also skilled in Public Speaking.
Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Counselor (College/University)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
College Admissions Counselors with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $35K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $42K. College Admissions Counselors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a College Admissions Counselor with more than 20 years of experience can earn $51K on average.
Pay Difference by Location
Los Angeles offers some of the highest pay in the country for College Admissions Counselors, 29 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+24 percent), New York (+22 percent), Phoenix (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 11 percent south of the national average, can be found in Nashville. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Manchester and 6 percent less in Salt Lake City, below-median salaries for those in this field.