College Administrator Salary

College Administrators in the United States tend to be well-versed in their field, and just below three-fifths have more than 10 years of experience. Average salary is expected to be around $56K per year, but may range from $35K to $101K per year. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, College Administrators enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female College Administrators survey participants are more prevalent than men — 65 percent of professionals. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$38,125 - $101,926
MEDIAN: $56,460

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$38,125 - $101,926  
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$34,795 - $100,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 76
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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.

College Administrators who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $42K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $55K. After working for 10 to 20 years, College Administrators make a median salary of $56K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $70K on average.

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Experience Affects College Administrator Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.


65 %
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 4%