College Admissions Directors in the United States can expect wages of $66K per year on average. Geographic location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female College Admissions Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 60 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,458 - $92,775
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$43K
$66K
$93K
MEDIAN: $66,123
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$43,458 - $92,775  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,170  
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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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$41,805 - $92,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 404
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$16.75  
   
Overtime
$24.55  
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 - $8,170  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,500  
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).
)
$41,805 - $92,471  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9
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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 report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Strategic Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 6 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Leadership and Customer Relationship Management. Those educated in Strategic Planning tend to be well versed 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average beginner in this position makes around $53K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $67K. College Admissions Directors see a median salary of $72K after reaching one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a College Admissions Director with more than 20 years of experience can earn $80K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,831

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

Surpassing the national average by 35 percent, College Admissions Directors in Phoenix receive some of the highest pay in the country. College Admissions Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Boston (+23 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), and Chicago (+21 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for College Admissions Directors is geography, with workers in Pittsburgh earning a whopping 21 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries




National Average
$66,000


Skills That Affect Admissions Director (College/University) Salaries

Strategic Marketing
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Team Leadership
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National Average
$66,000

Sales Management
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Recruiting
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Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 9%

Leadership
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
18%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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