Admissions Director (College/University) Salary (United States)

College Admissions Directors in the United States usually make around $62,461 per year. Compensation starts at $40,141 and can reach $93,219 per year. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and a majority earn vision coverage. Women make up a slight majority of College Admissions Directors (59 percent). Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Admissions Director (College/University) Salary (?
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$40,960 - $90,740
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MEDIAN: $63,184
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Admissions Director (College/University) Salary (?
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$12.08 - $25.53
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National Salary Data

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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$40,960 - $90,740  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $1,519  
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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$40,141 - $93,219  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 757
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.08 - $25.53  
   
Overtime
$25.13 - $42.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,617  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,179 - $1,519  
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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$40,141 - $93,219  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 26
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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)

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by College Admissions Directors who took the survey. Most notably, skills in Sales Management, Recruiting, Strategic Planning, and Team Leadership are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 15 percent, 12 percent, 10 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Most people skilled in Strategic Planning are similarly competent in 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 with less experience do not necessarily bring home smaller paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to have little impact on salary. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $53K; however, pay rises to approximately $64K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $77K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as College Admissions Directors pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. More than half of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Washington
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Virginia Beach
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Chicago
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Boston
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Minneapolis
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$62,000
Atlanta
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Pittsburgh
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for College Admissions Directors, 28 percent higher than the national average. New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Virginia Beach are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with College Admissions Directors earning around 26 percent, 25 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent more than average. With compensation 17 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$62,000

Skills That Affect Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Recruiting
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$62,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
59%
female alumni
 
Male
41%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 9%
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