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College Administrators

College administrators, also known as postsecondary administrators, are involved in developing, coordinating, managing and maintaining the numerous programs utilized by colleges. There are a variety of administrators. Many administrators specialize in one area such as financial aid.

The college president oversees the entire college operation and supervises all the administrators. Admissions directors oversee the student admissions processes and recruitment activities. Provosts, also called chief academic officers, assist presidents, prepare budgets, make faculty appointments and tenure decisions and establish academic programs and policies.

The dean of student affairs manages extracurricular activities, counseling services and student housing. Financial aid directors oversee the programs which provide students financial aid such as loan programs, grants and scholarships. They also manage the collection of tuition and fees and maintain student transcripts. Colleges and universities have other administrative positions such as director of alumni affairs, director of public relations and chief planning officer.

Responsibilities

  • Prepare and administer budgets
  • Establish operational policies and procedures and make modifications when necessary
  • Recruit, hire and train personnel
  • Produce and maintain financial reports
  • Assist with formulating admission requirements
  • Provide assistance to staff and faculty
  • Appoint individuals to faculty positions
  • Assist with developing course credit policies

Job Characteristics

College administrators need strong managerial, interpersonal, communications and organizational skills. A solid foundation in computer science and data processing is helpful for the occupation.

Employment Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 14 percent growth in the employment of postsecondary education administrators. The demand for postsecondary administrators is expected to grow due to the projected growth of college students. A substantial part of the growth will occur in the private segment of higher education. The growth of colleges that cater to working adults will increase the demand for college administrators.

In 2006 the median annual earnings for postsecondary school administrators was $73,990. Some of the highest paying positions in 2006 were chief academic officer, academic dean of business and chief development officer.

Education, Certification, and Licensing

Most college administrators have earned a master's degree in a subject such as higher education administration, business, education, information management, student personnel administration, finance or student counseling. Some colleges and universities require postsecondary administrators to have a Ph.D.

Resources

Major Employers

The top employees are public and private colleges and universities.

Schools for Postsecondary Administrators are listed in the Browse Schools Section.

Metro Areas Sorted by Total Employment for:
Postsecondary Administrators

Listed below are metro areas sorted by the total number of people employed in Postsecondary Administrators jobs , as of 2015

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

     
Metro Area (Alabama) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Tuscaloosa 430 $97,870
Auburn 410 $100,850
Opelika 410 $100,850
Hoover 330 $78,430
Birmingham 330 $78,430
Montgomery 300 $80,320
Mobile 250 $91,960
Huntsville 240 $81,400
Foley 50 $82,260
Daphne 50 $82,260
Fairhope 50 $82,260
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 90 $102,430
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Prescott 290 $68,810
Scottsdale -2222 $79,730
Mesa -2222 $79,730
Phoenix -2222 $79,730
Tucson -2222 $88,190
Flagstaff -2222 $89,730
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 350 $75,670
North Little Rock 350 $75,670
Little Rock 350 $75,670
Jonesboro 100 $83,160
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anaheim 5490 $113,980
Los Angeles 5490 $113,980
Long Beach 5490 $113,980
Carlsbad 1640 $100,810
San Diego 1640 $100,810
San Francisco 1570 $112,450
Oakland 1570 $112,450
Hayward 1570 $112,450
Santa Clara 1340 $115,740
Sunnyvale 1340 $115,740
San Jose 1340 $115,740
Riverside 790 $116,690
Ontario 790 $116,690
San Bernardino 790 $116,690
Arcade 670 $122,010
Arden 670 $122,010
Roseville 670 $122,010
Sacramento 670 $122,010
Thousand Oaks 350 $99,580
Ventura 350 $99,580
Oxnard 350 $99,580
Fresno 290 $107,560
Paso Robles 250 $-1,111
San Luis Obispo 250 $-1,111
Arroyo Grande 250 $-1,111
Santa Rosa 240 $99,450
Chico 170 $88,970
Salinas 170 $97,260
Fairfield 170 $98,550
Vallejo 170 $98,550
Bakersfield 170 $101,040
Modesto 140 $94,560
Santa Barbara 130 $112,270
Santa Maria 130 $112,270
Stockton -2222 $101,270
Lodi -2222 $101,270
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 940 $81,270
Aurora 940 $81,270
Denver 940 $81,270
Boulder 430 $81,890
Colorado Springs 290 $61,550
Pueblo 50 $75,870
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
East Hartford 570 $104,160
West Hartford 570 $104,160
Hartford 570 $104,160
Norwalk 210 $99,490
Stamford 210 $99,490
Bridgeport 210 $99,490
Danbury 40 $113,300
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fort Lauderdale 460 $124,860
Miami 460 $124,860
West Palm Beach 460 $124,860
St. Petersburg 160 $107,090
Tampa 160 $107,090
Clearwater 160 $107,090
Orlando 140 $107,860
Sanford 140 $107,860
Kissimmee 140 $107,860
Jacksonville 110 $101,360
Daytona Beach 80 $127,710
Ormond Beach 80 $127,710
Deltona 80 $127,710
Melbourne 50 $80,870
Palm Bay 50 $80,870
Titusville 50 $80,870
Sarasota 50 $159,830
Bradenton 50 $159,830
North Port 50 $159,830
Gainesville 40 $143,350
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Roswell 1420 $89,960
Atlanta 1420 $89,960
Sandy Springs 1420 $89,960
Clarke County 340 $118,610
Athens 340 $118,610
Rome 170 $98,620
Gainesville 130 $75,820
Macon 120 $98,750
Albany 50 $102,440
Warner Robins 40 $63,050
Valdosta 40 $98,100
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 260 $115,980
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Coeur d'Alene 50 $73,060
Boise City -2222 $64,940
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 130 $61,730
Bloomington 90 $94,770
Rockford 80 $62,800
Peoria -2222 $79,280
Urbana -2222 $115,820
Champaign -2222 $115,820
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Indianapolis 980 $74,700
Anderson 980 $74,700
Carmel 980 $74,700
Fort Wayne 230 $75,080
Terre Haute 160 $-1,111
Muncie 120 $74,970
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 390 $89,420
West Des Moines 390 $89,420
Cedar Falls 220 $84,290
Waterloo 220 $84,290
Cedar Rapids 180 $72,980
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 320 $73,680
Lawrence 190 $-1,111
Topeka 80 $72,630
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 420 $58,580
Lexington 420 $58,580
Bowling Green 70 $96,330
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 720 $73,900
New Orleans 720 $73,900
Baton Rouge 440 $84,040
Bossier City 100 $72,840
Shreveport 100 $72,840
Lafayette 70 $90,420
Monroe 40 $77,630
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Portland 230 $73,370
Portland 230 $73,370
Bangor 130 $80,170
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1020 $121,020
Columbia 1020 $121,020
Baltimore 1020 $121,020
     
Metro Area (Massachusetts) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
New Bedford 120 $101,290
Barnstable Town 50 $80,580
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ann Arbor 910 $127,210
Lansing 500 $145,910
East Lansing 500 $145,910
Grand Rapids 470 $76,750
Wyoming 470 $76,750
Kalamazoo 310 $114,970
Portage 310 $114,970
Flint 160 $91,370
Battle Creek 50 $78,830
Detroit -2222 $79,320
Dearborn -2222 $79,320
Warren -2222 $79,320
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester -2222 $81,590
North Mankato -2222 $89,640
Mankato -2222 $89,640
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 440 $73,830
Pascagoula 40 $-2,222
Gulfport 40 $-2,222
Biloxi 40 $-2,222
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 370 $96,270
Columbia 240 $112,790
Joplin 110 $66,000
     
Metro Area (Nebraska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lincoln 280 $76,710
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 330 $95,250
Henderson 330 $95,250
Las Vegas 330 $95,250
Reno 300 $108,210
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 260 $75,640
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 290 $115,980
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 210 $85,510
Santa Fe 170 $67,590
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 890 $103,820
Troy 660 $99,540
Schenectady 660 $99,540
Albany 660 $99,540
Niagara Falls 520 $79,070
Cheektowaga 520 $79,070
Buffalo 520 $79,070
Binghamton 250 $92,950
Utica 180 $81,010
Rome 180 $81,010
Syracuse -2222 $100,790
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 930 $95,260
Chapel Hill 660 $118,750
Durham 660 $118,750
High Point 410 $90,990
Greensboro 410 $90,990
Greenville 160 $113,460
Morganton 150 $68,770
Hickory 150 $68,770
Lenoir 150 $68,770
Wilmington 140 $86,910
New Bern 40 $60,790
     
Metro Area (North Dakota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bismarck 60 $80,150
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1080 $95,490
Elyria 790 $80,560
Cleveland 790 $80,560
Akron 480 $86,580
Dayton 410 $84,890
Toledo 210 $90,170
Canton 140 $88,480
Massillon 140 $88,480
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 550 $71,450
Tulsa 370 $70,540
Lawton 50 $66,870
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Eugene 110 $95,360
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 890 $88,770
Scranton 190 $87,270
Barre 190 $87,270
Hazleton 190 $87,270
Wilkes 190 $87,270
Carlisle 190 $90,270
Harrisburg 190 $90,270
Erie 90 $83,510
Reading 80 $91,590
Lancaster 60 $75,410
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Caguas 1010 $51,470
Carolina 1010 $51,470
San Juan 1010 $51,470
Ponce 160 $53,790
Isabela 90 $49,010
Aguadilla 90 $49,010
Arecibo 60 $48,630
Mayag�ez 50 $51,700
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Mauldin 570 $71,140
Anderson 570 $71,140
Greenville 570 $71,140
Charleston 450 $79,790
North Charleston 450 $79,790
Columbia 380 $94,950
Spartanburg 250 $66,920
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Franklin 1360 $74,500
Murfreesboro 1360 $74,500
Davidson 1360 $74,500
Nashville 1360 $74,500
Morristown 60 $72,270
Knoxville -2222 $76,160
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sugar Land 1160 $109,010
Houston 1160 $109,010
The Woodlands 1160 $109,010
Fort Worth 990 $100,400
Arlington 990 $100,400
Dallas 990 $100,400
San Antonio 420 $111,940
New Braunfels 420 $111,940
Austin 410 $115,330
Round Rock 410 $115,330
Amarillo 130 $100,310
Killeen 120 $89,800
Temple 120 $89,800
Lubbock 120 $116,040
Port Arthur 100 $71,290
Beaumont 100 $71,290
Mission 90 $100,420
Edinburg 90 $100,420
McAllen 90 $100,420
El Paso 80 $82,010
Longview 70 $86,320
Tyler 50 $96,080
Corpus Christi -2222 $111,050
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 450 $78,830
Orem 210 $82,100
Provo 210 $82,100
Ogden 120 $69,610
Clearfield 120 $69,610
St. George 60 $93,820
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 470 $99,670
Christiansburg 220 $-2,222
Radford 220 $-2,222
Blacksburg 220 $-2,222
Charlottesville 170 $121,610
Roanoke 110 $72,150
Lynchburg 80 $-1,111
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1280 $92,910
Tacoma 1280 $92,910
Seattle 1280 $92,910
Bellingham 120 $86,410
Walla Walla 60 $-1,111
Tumwater 60 $71,160
Olympia 60 $71,160
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Morgantown 600 $93,920
Charleston 110 $85,220
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Milwaukee 1330 $95,670
Waukesha 1330 $95,670
West Allis 1330 $95,670
Madison 700 $104,600
Green Bay 240 $82,000
Appleton 90 $90,680
Fond du Lac 60 $75,840
Wausau 50 $87,510
Eau Claire 50 $90,760
Beloit -2222 $81,390
Janesville -2222 $81,390

Career Stories (Job Profiles) for Postsecondary Administrators

To find out more about building a career as Postsecondary Administrators, we spoke with professionals in the field across a variety of specialties. Learn about their experiences on the job, the steps they took to complete their education, and what it takes to excel in this industry. Click the link to see a story.

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Postsecondary Administrators

Industries representing at least 1% of total jobs for the occupation.

Source: 2015 Occupational Employment Statistics and 2014-24 Employment Projections, Bureau of Labor Statistics, BLS.gov.

Industry Jobs Percent Annual Median Salary
Education 95,940 98% $80,550
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Numbers in parentheses are counts of relevant campus-based schools in the state; online schools may also be available.

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