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 $36K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Most College Admissions Counselors report high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of College Admissions Counselors who responded to the questionnaire — 69 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,228 - $50,612
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$29K
$36K
$51K
MEDIAN: $36,168
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$12.84 - $23.89
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$24
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,228 - $50,612  
   
Bonus
$375.00 - $10,000  
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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$29,160 - $50,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 629
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.84 - $23.89  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.24  
Overtime
$9.00 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$375.00 - $10,000  
   
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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$29,160 - $50,714  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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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

National Average: $36,322

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that 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.

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Sales
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Counseling
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Public Speaking
0%

Marketing Communications
0%

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$36,000

Recruiting
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Customer Service
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Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 76 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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