Admissions Director (College/University) Salary

Average College Admissions Directors in the United States make around $67K annually. Compensation ranges from $43K on the lower end to $95K per year on the higher end. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Job satisfaction for College Admissions Directors is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$44,018 - $92,877
(Median)
$44K
$67K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,847
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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)


College Admissions Directors generally report applying a varied skill set 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. Leadership and Recruiting, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people familiar with 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.


College Admissions Directors do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. 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

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Phoenix is home to an above-average pay rate for College Admissions Directors, 33 percent higher than the national average. College Admissions Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+21 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), Chicago (+19 percent), and New York (+16 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Pittsburgh College Admissions Directors earning much less — 22 percent less — than 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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