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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
Birmingham 410 $79,220
Hoover 410 $79,220
Opelika 380 $97,770
Auburn 380 $97,770
Huntsville 300 $74,970
Montgomery 230 $88,930
Tuscaloosa 200 $101,540
Mobile 180 $79,490
Florence 40 $76,140
Muscle Shoals 40 $76,140
     
Metro Area (Alaska) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anchorage 90 $112,620
     
Metro Area (Arizona) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Scottsdale 1370 $93,160
Mesa 1370 $93,160
Phoenix 1370 $93,160
Tucson 440 $88,490
Prescott 150 $84,500
Flagstaff 140 $110,160
     
Metro Area (Arkansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Conway 550 $73,960
North Little Rock 550 $73,960
Little Rock 550 $73,960
Jonesboro 40 $80,910
     
Metro Area (California) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Long Beach 4990 $101,460
Los Angeles 4990 $101,460
Anaheim 4990 $101,460
San Francisco 1970 $103,300
Oakland 1970 $103,300
Hayward 1970 $103,300
San Diego 1790 $97,620
Carlsbad 1790 $97,620
San Jose 1270 $107,830
Sunnyvale 1270 $107,830
Santa Clara 1270 $107,830
Ontario 850 $111,100
Riverside 850 $111,100
San Bernardino 850 $111,100
Arden 690 $118,950
Roseville 690 $118,950
Arcade 690 $118,950
Sacramento 690 $118,950
Ventura 310 $95,860
Oxnard 310 $95,860
Thousand Oaks 310 $95,860
Fresno 300 $98,300
Arroyo Grande 220 $102,470
Paso Robles 220 $102,470
San Luis Obispo 220 $102,470
Fairfield 190 $98,860
Vallejo 190 $98,860
Santa Rosa 170 $96,830
Salinas 160 $98,660
Chico 150 $87,920
Bakersfield 140 $109,900
Modesto 120 $94,010
Merced 90 $124,590
Napa 40 $87,280
Porterville 30 $111,020
Visalia 30 $111,020
Santa Barbara N/A $107,330
Santa Maria N/A $107,330
     
Metro Area (Colorado) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Lakewood 980 $80,460
Aurora 980 $80,460
Denver 980 $80,460
Boulder 370 $80,430
Colorado Springs 250 $55,060
Fort Collins 250 $80,460
     
Metro Area (Connecticut) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Hartford 510 $104,670
East Hartford 510 $104,670
West Hartford 510 $104,670
Norwalk 140 $107,820
Bridgeport 140 $107,820
Stamford 140 $107,820
     
Metro Area (Florida) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
West Palm Beach 460 $118,220
Miami 460 $118,220
Fort Lauderdale 460 $118,220
Clearwater 140 $96,040
Tampa 140 $96,040
St. Petersburg 140 $96,040
Sanford 140 $98,640
Kissimmee 140 $98,640
Orlando 140 $98,640
Deltona 90 $130,070
Daytona Beach 90 $130,070
Ormond Beach 90 $130,070
Jacksonville 70 $103,330
Melbourne 40 $91,420
Titusville 40 $91,420
Palm Bay 40 $91,420
Gainesville 40 $149,060
Bradenton 30 $148,960
Sarasota 30 $148,960
North Port 30 $148,960
     
Metro Area (Georgia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Sandy Springs 1580 $88,830
Atlanta 1580 $88,830
Roswell 1580 $88,830
Clarke County 340 $115,630
Athens 340 $115,630
Macon 170 $79,600
Savannah 160 $109,960
Gainesville 120 $73,950
Rome 90 $87,740
Albany 50 $95,990
Valdosta 40 $96,980
     
Metro Area (Hawaii) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Urban Honolulu 270 $111,630
     
Metro Area (Idaho) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Boise City 230 $69,490
Coeur d'Alene 50 $70,970
     
Metro Area (Illinois) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 240 $69,650
Bloomington 140 $99,630
Kankakee 100 $75,940
Urbana N/A $114,230
Champaign N/A $114,230
     
Metro Area (Indiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Anderson 970 $71,030
Carmel 970 $71,030
Indianapolis 970 $71,030
Fort Wayne 270 $71,150
Terre Haute 150 $100,440
Muncie 130 $103,300
     
Metro Area (Iowa) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Des Moines 300 $87,420
West Des Moines 300 $87,420
Cedar Falls 160 N/A
Waterloo 160 N/A
Cedar Rapids 150 $65,540
Dubuque 70 $61,680
     
Metro Area (Kansas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Wichita 340 $70,530
Topeka 80 $70,860
Manhattan 70 $99,600
     
Metro Area (Kentucky) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Fayette 440 $57,080
Lexington 440 $57,080
Bowling Green 80 $84,930
Owensboro N/A $74,460
     
Metro Area (Louisiana) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Metairie 950 $75,930
New Orleans 950 $75,930
Baton Rouge 580 $86,240
Lafayette 150 $76,870
Bossier City 90 $92,560
Shreveport 90 $92,560
Alexandria N/A $77,930
     
Metro Area (Maine) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Portland 210 $71,990
South Portland 210 $71,990
Bangor 130 $78,160
     
Metro Area (Maryland) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Towson 1070 $108,430
Columbia 1070 $108,430
Baltimore 1070 $108,430
     
Metro Area (Michigan) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Ann Arbor 800 $133,330
Lansing 520 $133,400
East Lansing 520 $133,400
Wyoming 420 $75,170
Grand Rapids 420 $75,170
Portage 280 $105,060
Kalamazoo 280 $105,060
Flint 170 $86,720
Battle Creek 130 N/A
Niles 90 $66,600
Benton Harbor 90 $66,600
Jackson 80 N/A
Warren N/A $79,750
Detroit N/A $79,750
Dearborn N/A $79,750
     
Metro Area (Minnesota) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
North Mankato N/A $87,490
Mankato N/A $87,490
St. Cloud N/A $88,300
     
Metro Area (Mississippi) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Jackson 440 $69,970
Hattiesburg 170 $78,000
Pascagoula 50 $58,980
Biloxi 50 $58,980
Gulfport 50 $58,980
     
Metro Area (Missouri) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Springfield 340 $91,490
Columbia 260 $102,930
Joplin 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (Nevada) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Paradise 410 $92,590
Henderson 410 $92,590
Las Vegas 410 $92,590
Reno 270 $105,150
     
Metro Area (New Hampshire) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Manchester 220 $74,260
     
Metro Area (New Jersey) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Trenton 340 $119,610
     
Metro Area (New Mexico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Albuquerque 180 $91,770
Santa Fe 90 $71,590
     
Metro Area (New York) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Rochester 820 $103,540
Albany 710 $91,870
Troy 710 $91,870
Schenectady 710 $91,870
Niagara Falls 490 $76,610
Cheektowaga 490 $76,610
Buffalo 490 $76,610
Binghamton 260 $84,380
Utica 180 $86,320
Rome 180 $86,320
Syracuse N/A $101,190
Ithaca N/A $119,750
     
Metro Area (North Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Raleigh 890 $93,050
Chapel Hill 640 $95,330
Durham 640 $95,330
Greensboro 430 $82,590
High Point 430 $82,590
Winston 190 $92,650
Salem 190 $92,650
Lenoir 150 $70,930
Hickory 150 $70,930
Morganton 150 $70,930
Greenville 150 $115,280
Asheville 110 $79,990
Wilmington 100 $99,410
Rocky Mount 40 $76,430
New Bern 30 $60,150
     
Metro Area (Ohio) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Columbus 1090 $88,550
Dayton 400 $84,420
Akron 400 $85,720
Toledo 220 $85,670
Massillon 170 $78,370
Canton 170 $78,370
Cleveland N/A $73,370
Elyria N/A $73,370
     
Metro Area (Oklahoma) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Oklahoma City 550 $72,600
Tulsa 200 $68,400
Lawton 30 $62,020
     
Metro Area (Oregon) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salem 130 $81,430
Eugene N/A $95,700
     
Metro Area (Pennsylvania) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Pittsburgh 910 $86,500
State College 240 N/A
Carlisle 220 $92,040
Harrisburg 220 $92,040
Barre 170 $86,140
Wilkes 170 $86,140
Scranton 170 $86,140
Hazleton 170 $86,140
Erie 130 $77,580
Lancaster 120 $89,390
Reading 110 $94,350
     
Metro Area (Puerto Rico) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Carolina 1050 $49,430
Caguas 1050 $49,430
San Juan 1050 $49,430
Ponce 170 $51,740
Isabela 80 $48,640
Aguadilla 80 $48,640
Arecibo 60 $45,630
Mayag�ez 60 $47,830
     
Metro Area (South Carolina) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Greenville 840 $68,910
Mauldin 840 $68,910
Anderson 840 $68,910
North Charleston 460 $78,380
Charleston 460 $78,380
Columbia 350 $97,070
Spartanburg 260 $65,730
Sumter 40 $62,740
     
Metro Area (Tennessee) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Murfreesboro 1170 $74,640
Franklin 1170 $74,640
Davidson 1170 $74,640
Nashville 1170 $74,640
Knoxville 320 $70,940
Johnson City 240 $54,030
Morristown 70 $64,050
     
Metro Area (Texas) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Houston 1030 $104,330
The Woodlands 1030 $104,330
Sugar Land 1030 $104,330
Fort Worth 940 $100,100
Arlington 940 $100,100
Dallas 940 $100,100
San Antonio 400 $97,850
New Braunfels 400 $97,850
Austin 390 $110,370
Round Rock 390 $110,370
El Paso 170 $92,040
Lubbock 120 $105,480
Killeen 110 $87,770
Temple 110 $87,770
Amarillo 110 $99,350
McAllen 70 $107,580
Edinburg 70 $107,580
Mission 70 $107,580
Longview 60 $86,320
Beaumont 50 $69,540
Port Arthur 50 $69,540
Abilene 40 $71,470
Corpus Christi N/A $101,060
Harlingen N/A $104,880
Brownsville N/A $104,880
Tyler N/A $114,670
     
Metro Area (Utah) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Salt Lake City 550 $87,130
Provo 240 $78,840
Orem 240 $78,840
Ogden 110 $72,430
Clearfield 110 $72,430
St. George 60 $91,230
     
Metro Area (Vermont) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
South Burlington 120 $76,160
Burlington 120 $76,160
     
Metro Area (Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Richmond 440 $89,050
Charlottesville 160 $117,840
Roanoke 140 $67,370
Lynchburg 70 $57,890
Harrisonburg 50 $112,570
     
Metro Area (Washington) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Bellevue 1200 $91,330
Seattle 1200 $91,330
Tacoma 1200 $91,330
Spokane 170 $83,730
Spokane Valley 170 $83,730
Bellingham 80 $83,640
Olympia 70 $82,740
Tumwater 70 $82,740
Walla Walla 40 N/A
     
Metro Area (West Virginia) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Charleston 90 $76,640
     
Metro Area (Wisconsin) Total Employment Annual Median Salary
Waukesha 1340 $96,110
West Allis 1340 $96,110
Milwaukee 1340 $96,110
Madison 730 $101,900
Green Bay 110 $94,570
Janesville 60 $72,450
Beloit 60 $72,450
Fond du Lac 60 $73,980
Wausau 40 $88,470

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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