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

An average College Admissions Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $64K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up a slight majority of College Admissions Directors (58 percent) survey respondents. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most College Admissions Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Admissions Director (College/University) Salary (?
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$41,349 - $90,919
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MEDIAN: $63,762
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$10.30 - $26.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$41,349 - $90,919  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $1,526  
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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$40,563 - $92,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 726
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$10.30 - $26.43  
   
Overtime
$25.13 - $42.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000 - $1,526  
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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$40,563 - $92,856  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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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.

Admissions Director (College/University) Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Admissions Director (College/University)

Survey results suggest that College Admissions Directors put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Customer Relationship Management, Sales Management, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 42 percent, 14 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Leadership. Most people who know 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.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for College Admissions Directors — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $53K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $64K. For College Admissions Directors, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $76K.

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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Miami
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Tampa
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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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Buffalo
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$63,000
Atlanta
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Pittsburgh
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Surpassing the national average by 27 percent, College Admissions Directors in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. College Admissions Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+26 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Miami (+19 percent), and Washington (+19 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$63,000

Skills That Affect Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
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Recruiting
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National Average
$63,000
Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 158 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%