College Administrator Salary

The majority of College Administrators in the United States — a little over a half — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $36K to $94K per year, and the median is $57K annually. Most College Administrators like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female College Administrators are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$38,992 - $95,277
MEDIAN: $57,130

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$36,199 - $94,039  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 60
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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.

The average beginner in this position makes around $51K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $59K. College Administrators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $53K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $60K 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 16 votes.


66 %
34 %

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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 6%