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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 $35K annually. Pay ranges from $27K on the low end to $47K per year on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Female College Admissions Counselors survey participants are more prevalent than men — 66 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Admissions Counselors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$27,877 - $46,664
(Median)
$28K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $35,006
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$9.86 - $22.86
(Median)
$9
$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,877 - $46,664  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
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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$27,310 - $47,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,005
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.86 - $22.86  
   
Overtime
$7.50 - $35.01  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,492  
   
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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$27,310 - $47,357  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 113

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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 may progress into high-paying roles like College Admissions Director, where median compensation is $58K annually. The most common next step for a College Admissions Counselor is to become an Associate Director of College Admissions or a College Assistant Director of Admissions. The former position pays an additional $13K per year on average, and the latter position pays $9K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


College Admissions Counselors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Marketing Communications, Counseling, Recruiting, and Public Speaking 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 20 percent greater than the national average. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), Phoenix (+10 percent), and Tampa (+10 percent). Portland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average.

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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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National Average
$35,000

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 256 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

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: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%