Admissions Officer Salary
Admissions Officers aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $40K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Admissions Officers survey respondents are women (70 percent). Job satisfaction is considered about average by most people in this profession. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Admissions Officer
Admissions officers are responsible for coordinating admissions-related efforts for their organization. They are in charge of student recruitment activities, and one of their main responsibilities is responding to prospect student inquiries in a prompt and professional manner. In addition, admissions officers interview students to identify personal and educational goals. They provide important information regarding the institution, as well as possible program choices. Admissions officers also assist students in the application process and direct them to departments, programs, and other resources. They follow up with individuals to provide ongoing support and resources as needed. They may also help in the development of marketing campaigns and promotion materials to increase institution awareness. Generally, admissions officers report their progress to the admissions manager in their department.Read More...
One of the admissions officer's main tools is a personal computer to keep an accurate record of their interactions and personal data of prospective applicants. Admissions officers create regular reports and suggest changes to recruitment practices. They also help with evaluating academic transcripts, as well as complete administrative tasks such as distributing materials, collecting admission documents, and verifying admissions requirements. They travel to different sites for admissions events and informational sessions, as well as assist with event planning and off-campus outreach. In all tasks, admissions officers must follow institutional procedures to ensure privacy and confidentiality at every step of the admissions process.
A bachelor's degree in a relevant field is usually required for this position. Previous experience in an admissions and/or customer-service role may be preferred. Admissions officers must be highly organized and pay strong attention to detail. They should possess excellent communication skills to interact with a variety of prospective candidates.
Admissions Officer Tasks
- Review student applications and make admissions decisions based on established criteria.
- Establish relations with alumni to help with recruitment.
- Travel to schools, career fairs, and other events to promote school and meet with prospective students.
- Identify students interested in applying, answer questions about application procedures, and provide information on college programs and services.
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Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Officer
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $38K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $43K on average. Admissions Officers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $49K. Admissions Officers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $48K.