The Average Salary of an Enrollment Advisor

by Rick Suttle

Enrollment advisors work with recruiters to identify prospective students for colleges, present the primary benefits their schools offer, and advise students on the best majors. They also apprise them of specific tests and requirements for admission. Most have bachelor's or master's degrees in school counseling. Enrollment advisors earn salaries averaging above $40,000 annually.

Salary and Qualifications

The average annual salary for an enrollment advisor was $42,000 as of 2013, according to the jobsite Simply Hired. Glassdoor reports average salaries of $40,000 for these professionals. The minimum educational requirement for an enrollment advisor is a bachelor's degree in school or career counseling. Some employers may prefer hiring those with at least one year of experience in recruitment or advising. Other key qualifications are communication, people and selling skills.

Salary by Region

In 2013, average salaries for enrollment advisors only varied significantly in the South, according to Simply Hired, where they earned the highest salaries, $66,000, in Washington, D.C., and the lowest, $33,000, in Mississippi. Those in the Northeast made $38,000 to $51,000 in Maine and Massachusetts, respectively. Enrollment advisors' salaries ranged from $33,000 to $45,000 in Maine and Minnesota, which represented the lowest and highest incomes in the Midwest. In the West, they earned the most in Alaska and California and least in Montana -- $47,000 and $34,000 per year, respectively.

Contributing Factors

An enrollment advisor can earn more in certain industries. Educational, school and guidance counselors, who work with enrollment advisors, earned higher salaries in junior colleges than regular colleges and universities, as of May 2012, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics -- $56,730 versus $49,110 annually. Enrollment advisors may also earn higher salaries in junior colleges. They also earn more in Massachusetts and California because living costs are higher in these two states. An enrollment advisor earning $40,000 in Orlando would need to make $56,443 in Boston to enjoy the same living standard. In San Francisco, that same advisor would need to earn $66,885 -- or nearly 67 percent more.

Job Outlook

The BLS doesn't report job opportunities for enrollment advisors. It predicts a 34 percent increase in jobs for college-age school and career counselors from 2010 to 2020, which is much faster than the 14 percent growth rate for all occupations. Job opportunities may also grow at an above-average pace for enrollment advisors, since they work with school and career counselors. The BLS expects only an average increase in jobs for all school and career counselors -- 19 percent.

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