What Is the Salary for a High School Admissions Director?

by Kristine Tucker; Updated September 26, 2017
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A high school admissions director works closely with the school principal and school guidance counselors to select and advise students concerning admissions. In a private school setting, an admissions director often makes difficult decisions about offering admissions/acceptance to students. For most public schools administrations, the admissions director often has the title of assistant principal and assists the principal in establishing academic goals necessary to meet student enrollment needs. A high school admissions director's salary is dependent upon geographic location, type of school, and experience in the field of education.

National Salary Averages

National salary averages in educational administrative positions across the United States influences an admissions director's annual salary level. Community demographics, student population, and the need for admissions directors affect these salary levels. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2009, the 50 percent (median) average salary for educational administrators at the secondary level was $85,200.

Geographic Location

A school's geographic location partially determines the annual salary range for high school admissions directors and other educational administrators at the secondary level. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2009, a high school admissions director in West Virginia earned $60,800 on an annual basis. A high school admissions director in Vermont earned $79,000, an admissions director in Ilinois earned $101,800, and a high school admissions director in Connecticut earned $109,900 per year.

Type of School

The specific type of school/facility influences a high school admissions director's annual salary. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, educational administrators at the secondary level (including admissions directors) working at high schools earned $87,500 on an annual basis. Those who were employed by educational support services, not part of a high school or academic institution, earned $76,500 per year.

Experience

An admissions director who is responsible for assisting the school principal in the supervisory role of academic planning and student development earns wages according to her experience level. An admissions director with the title of assistant principal develops academic curriculum, organizes educational development programs, and maintains admissions records. Some admissions directors help coordinate school programs/activities and maintain school budgets. According to My Salary, the least-experienced lowest 10 percent of admissions directors (with assistant principal titles) earn $57,900 annually. The highest 10 percent of wage earners in the field earn $101,500 on an annual basis.

About the Author

As curriculum developer and educator, Kristine Tucker has enjoyed the plethora of English assignments she's read (and graded!) over the years. Her experiences as vice-president of an energy consulting firm have given her the opportunity to explore business writing and HR. Tucker has a BA and holds Ohio teaching credentials.

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