Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary

College Admissions Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $37K annually. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most College Admissions Counselors. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Female College Admissions Counselors make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,616 - $51,408
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$37K
$51K
MEDIAN: $37,036
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$12.91 - $22.91
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MEDIAN: $17.39
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$0$51K
Salary $29,616 - $51,408
Bonus $0.00 - $5,135
Commission $8,000
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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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$29,518 - $51,222
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 583
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $12.91 - $22.91
Hourly Tips $0.24
Overtime $18.48 - $43.66
Annual Data $0$51K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,135
Commission $8,000
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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$29,518 - $51,222
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 19 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 89

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Job Description for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

The job of a college or university admissions counselor is to work with incoming students for undergraduate or post-graduate study. They help the prospective student understand admissions requirements and road map their pre-admission studies for compliance with university standards.

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Admissions Counselor (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.

Common Career Paths for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


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College Admissions Counselors who go on to become College Admissions Directors may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for College Admissions Directors is $59K annually. The most common next step for a College Admissions Counselor is to become an Associate Director of College Admissions or an Assistant Director of Admissions (College/University). The former position pays an additional $12K per year on average, and the latter position pays $7K more per year.

Admissions Counselor (College/University) Job Listings

Popular Skills for Admissions Counselor (College/University)


Survey results show that College Admissions Counselors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Customer Relationship Management, Counseling, and Public Speaking are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service, Oral / Verbal Communication, and Event Planning. The majority of those who know Counseling also know Public Speaking.

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

Pay by Experience for an Admissions Counselor (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Admissions Counselor (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $35,000 based on 582 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Admissions Counselor (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 $43,000 based on 121 salaries. An experienced Admissions Counselor (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 47 salaries. An Admissions Counselor (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 $45,000 based on 8 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $37,149

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

Home to some of the best pay for College Admissions Counselors, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 35 percent above the national average. College Admissions Counselors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+21 percent), New York (+19 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), and Phoenix (+8 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Nashville. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Manchester (12 percent lower) and San Antonio (9 percent lower).

Admissions Counselor (College/University) Reviews

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

Admissions Counselor (College/University) in Jackson:
"Deadlines are constant."
Pros: Working with students and the staff that I work with.
Cons: Deadlines are back to back.

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Key Stats for Admissions Counselor (College/University)

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲21%

▲19%

▲15%

National Average
$37,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salaries

▲4%


▲1%

National Average
$37,000


Marketing Communications
▼2%

▼3%




Event Planning
▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
15%
10-19 years
6%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 11%
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