Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

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 $35K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $27K and $47K per year. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, College Admissions Counselors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up the majority of College Admissions Counselors (68 percent) who completed the questionnaire. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$27,961 - $46,780

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$11.70 - $22.78

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,961 - $46,780  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
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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$27,485 - $47,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 929
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.70 - $22.78  
   
Overtime
$1.76 - $37.71  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,065  
   
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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$27,485 - $47,351  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a College Admissions Director. The average College Admissions Director brings home $58K per year. 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 $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


College Admissions Counselors seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Sales, Marketing Communications, and Counseling are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 11 percent. Those familiar with Counseling also tend to 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.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $34K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $41K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, College Admissions Counselors in San Diego enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), Tampa (+11 percent), and Indianapolis (+9 percent). Nashville is the lowest-paying area, 7 percent south of the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include San Antonio (7 percent lower) and Salt Lake City (6 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 17%


National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 11%

Sales
up arrow 8%


Counseling
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 172 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
7%
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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