Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Advisors in the United States take home an average $43K per year. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and years of experience are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most College Admissions Advisors are fairly content with their jobs, and work satisfaction falls in line with the national average. The majority of College Admissions Advisors (66 percent) who took the survey are women. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,178 - $57,635
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$43K
$58K
MEDIAN: $42,747
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$14.37 - $24.78
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$0$57K
Salary $32,178 - $57,635
Bonus $0.00 - $5,500
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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$31,210 - $56,176
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 374
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $14.37 - $24.78
Overtime $22.22 - $40.68
Annual Data $0$56K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,500
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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$31,210 - $56,176
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 22 Apr 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 184

Job Description for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

College and university admissions advisors are responsible for acting as a liaison between their school and the general public. They are in charge of deploying recruiting strategies that help increase recognition for their organization. They provide the necessary information for possible admission candidates and their families so that they can make a more informed decision. They build interest, and awareness for their school using innovative materials, and offerings, work increase the number of applications the institution receives, serves as a point of contact for freshman students, and guides them through all the enrollment process. Additional tasks performed by the advisor includes developing excellent relationships with family members and prospective university members in on- and off-campus events, responding to emails pertaining to enrollment application questions, and processing paperwork as needed. They also attend college fairs, regularly review acceptance forms, and report their progress to the admissions manager in their organization.

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Admissions Advisor (College/University) Tasks

  • Respond to inquiries from prospective students.
  • Schedule and conduct presentations and workshops for prospective students.
  • Set interview appointments to determine a prospective student's interests, education/career goals and qualifications.

Popular Employer Salaries for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


National American University, Heald College, ECPI College of Technology, DeVry University, and Kaplan University are top-notch employers for College Admissions Advisors in this area. Kaplan University attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $46K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $24K to just $41K — but National American University offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $33K.

Common Career Paths for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


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College Admissions Advisors often transition into College Admissions Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, College Admissions Directors earn $59K per year. Becoming an Associate Director of College Admissions is, more often than not, the most common role that College Admissions Advisors move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $49K. Another frequent advance is for College Admissions Advisors to assume a College Academic Advisor role; in this role, workers often earn $37K.

Admissions Advisor (College/University) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Admissions Advisor (College/University)


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Customer Relationship Management, Microsoft Office, Sales, and Recruiting are correlated to pay that is above average. Counseling, on the other hand, is typically associated with much lower pay. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, also skilled in Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Pay by Experience for an Admissions Advisor (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Admissions Advisor (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 216 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Admissions Advisor (College/University) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 107 salaries. An experienced Admissions Advisor (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 31 salaries. An Admissions Advisor (College/University) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $48,000 based on 13 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $42,187

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

For College Admissions Advisors, busy Charlotte offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. College Admissions Advisors will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+21 percent), Indianapolis (+14 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), and New York (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 9 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Milwaukee. Houston and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 9 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively.

Admissions Advisor (College/University) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Admissions Advisor (College/University)?

Admissions Advisor (College/University) in Tampa:
"Today is always a great day!!"
Pros: The weather the people and the food and I met my wife here.
Cons: Sometimes the weather can get too hot and the mosquitoes can really start attacking.lol.

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Key Stats for Admissions Advisor (College/University)

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Experience Affects Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

▲17%

▲14%

Late-Career
▲14%

National Average
$42,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Admissions Advisor (College/University) Salaries

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
▲11%

Microsoft Office
▲9%

▲3%

National Average
$42,000


▼1%

Counseling
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 70 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 66%
no benefits
None: 13%