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

College Admissions Directors in the United States typically take home $62,461 annually. The pay spectrum stretches from $40,141 to $93,219 per year. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Women make up a slight majority of College Admissions Directors (59 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers 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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$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  
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  
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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  
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)

College Admissions Directors generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. 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. The majority of those who know Strategic Planning also know Project Management and Sales Management.

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

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In most cases, College Admissions Directors can expect only incremental pay growth as they advance in their careers. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $53K to $64K. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $77K. As College Admissions Directors reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and 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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National Average
$62,000
Atlanta
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Pittsburgh
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For those looking to make money, College Admissions Directors in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Los Angeles, Washington, and Virginia Beach, where College Admissions Directors typically earn around 26 percent, 25 percent, 20 percent, and 17 percent more than usual. Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 17 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

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Skills That Affect Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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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%