Admissions Counselor (College/University) Salary
|Salary||$29,616 - $51,408|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,135|
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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).)
|$29,518 - $51,222|
|Hourly Rate||$12.91 - $22.91|
|Overtime||$18.48 - $43.66|
|Bonus||$0.00 - $5,135|
|Total Pay (||$29,518 - $51,222|
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.Read More...
These counselors also generally act as a point of contact for anyone seeking admission or transfer to the college, and much of their work involves being the point person to high school students considering undergraduate enrollment. The counselor provides these students and their parents with information about the university and any specific programs of interest. They must also be available as a point of contact to provide or schedule tours of the campus for students as well. In many situations, a university expects an admissions counselor to perform some form of outreach to high schools in the area to help promote the college’s programs to these prospective enrollees.
The counselor also works with students finishing undergraduate work who are interested in post-graduate study. The counselor help choose a program that fits the career and study needs of these students, and then provides ongoing feedback on progress towards gaining enrollment. Additionally, the counselor also works with students interested in transferring to the university, helping a potential transfer decide whether their school has programs that fit the student's needs and if they have the necessary credentials to transfer.
To work as a college or university admissions counselor, an institution normally requires at least a bachelor’s degree in some educational or counseling discipline. They also look for prior academic counseling experience. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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)
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.
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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
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).
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