College Administrators in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under three-fifths bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $51K annually on average but can range from $34K to $104K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most College Administrators survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$37,601 - $105,399
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MEDIAN: $51,158
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National Salary Data (?
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$34,459 - $104,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 48
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Hourly Rate
$15.75  
   
Overtime
$21.00  
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$34,459 - $104,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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Job Description for College Administrator

  • Manage communications across departments, colleges, government, and other groups.
  • Collect, analyze, report on, and/or interpret data, syllabi, enrollment, and teaching placements.
  • Answer phones, greet visitors and staff, provide supplies and documents, and assist with navigation.
  • Organize events, from room reservation to invitations to technological needs to room clean-up.

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Pay by Experience Level for College Administrator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many College Administrators, more experience generally translates to higher pay. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $41K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $42K. For College Administrators, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $51K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $76K.

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Experience Affects College Administrator Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 52%

Experienced
up arrow 2%

National Average
$50,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Entry-Level
up arrow 19%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 13 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
31%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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