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Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K annually. Compensation ranges from $27K on the lower end to $47K per year on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Most College Admissions Counselors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female College Admissions Counselors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (67 percent) are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$27,929 - $46,650
(Median)
$28K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,940
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$10.10 - $22.83
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$16
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$27,929 - $46,650  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,478  
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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$27,358 - $47,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 995
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $22.83  
   
Overtime
$7.36 - $35.24  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,478  
   
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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$27,358 - $47,252  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 114

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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 experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as College Admissions Director. The latter position pays an average of $58K annually. College Admissions Counselors moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Associate College Admissions Directors or College Assistant Directors of Admissions. The median paychecks in those roles are $13K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


Survey results suggest that College Admissions Counselors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Marketing Communications, Counseling, Recruiting, 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $34K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $40K. After working for 10 to 20 years, College Admissions Counselors make a median salary of $45K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $42K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location


For College Admissions Counselors, working in the bustling city of San Diego has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+16 percent), New York (+16 percent), Tampa (+10 percent), and Indianapolis (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Louisville, which sits 11 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Nashville and 6 percent less in Portland, 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
$35,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Counseling
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Marketing Communications
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Recruiting
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Public Speaking
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Oral / Verbal Communication
0%

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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 238 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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%
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