Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $36K per year. Pay ranges from $28K on the low end to $49K per year on the high end. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women make up the majority of College Admissions Counselors (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$28,746 - $48,793
(Median)
$29K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $35,615
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90%

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$11.93 - $23.24
(Median)
$12
$17
$23
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,746 - $48,793  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
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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$28,423 - $49,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 928
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.93 - $23.24  
   
Overtime
$1.80 - $38.79  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,500  
   
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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$28,423 - $49,235  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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 $59K annually. 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 $8K more.

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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, Counseling, Marketing Communications, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 14 percent. Most people who know Counseling also 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $35K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $41K. College Admissions Counselors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $46K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,619

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for College Admissions Counselors that is 23 percent greater than the national average, San Diego offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. College Admissions Counselors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), New York (+13 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and Indianapolis (+8 percent). In Atlanta, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Workers in Salt Lake City and Manchester earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (7 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 18%


National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 14%

Counseling
up arrow 4%

Marketing Communications
up arrow 4%

Recruiting
0%

Public Speaking
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$36,000

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
up arrow 1%

Sales
up arrow 2%

Event Planning
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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