Admissions Director (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Directors in the United States take home approximately $67K per year on average. Earnings generally vary between $43K and $95K per year. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for College Admissions Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of College Admissions Directors (56 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,018 - $92,877
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,847
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90%

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$13.46 - $28.38
(Median)
$13
$19
$28
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$44,018 - $92,877  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$42,959 - $94,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 688
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.46 - $28.38  
   
Overtime
$29.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,517  
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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$42,959 - $94,620  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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Job Description for Admissions Director (College/University)

The admissions director of a college/university is in charge of overseeing the process in which prospective students are admitted to the institution to study. The admissions director works to ensure that the students added to an institution’s student body are those that best reflect the values of the school and will have the highest probability of successfully earning a diploma.

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Admissions Director (College/University) Tasks

  • Plan and execute the student recruitment strategy.
  • Supervise admissions representatives regarding the admissions process.
  • Develop, direct and coordinate admissions department.

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Popular Skills for Admissions Director (College/University)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management, Strategic Marketing, and Sales Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 14 percent, and 6 percent, respectively. Those listing Leadership and Recruiting as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people experienced in Strategic Planning also know Project Management and Sales Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Director (College/University)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For College Admissions Directors, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $56K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $67K. College Admissions Directors bring in $73K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $79K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $66,488

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

College Admissions Directors will find that Phoenix offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 33 percent. College Admissions Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with College Admissions Directors in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Atlanta and Miami (4 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 21%

Strategic Marketing
up arrow 14%


Strategic Planning
up arrow 3%

Team Leadership
up arrow 1%

Project Management
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National Average
$66,000


Leadership
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
37%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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