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College and University Administrators

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Higher Education Adminstrators

College and University Administrators


Training and Education

A bachelor’s or higher degree plus work experience is useful when pursuing this career. Among employees 78% graduated from college with 4 year degrees. 15% of people working as college and university administrators went to college but did not obtain a degree. 6% of workers completed high school but did not pursue a college education.


Part-Time Work and Self-Employment

Employees that work part-time represent 8% of the total in 2008. College and university administrators who work for themselves represent about 3% of the total.


Area Job Conditions

Finding jobs for employees may be easier in Ithaca (New York) Raleigh (North Carolina) and Brockton (Massachusetts) and the most challenging in York (Pennsylvania) West Palm Beach (Florida) and Tampa (Florida).

The pay for these jobs is highest in Albuquerque (New Mexico) Lubbock (Texas) and Hartford (Connecticut) and lowest in Erie (Pennsylvania) Asheville (North Carolina) and Rockford (Illinois).


Video Overview

A high-level introduction to administration careers in higher education. Produced for the US Dept. of Labor.


Salaries by City

See typical salaries and ranges for this career below*. Shift click to sort by more than one column — for example first shift-click on state and then shift-click on salary to find best and worst salaries in each state.

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    State City / Region Typical Salary Salary Range Job Count % of All Jobs
    AK Anchorage $93930 $65K – $176K N/A N/A
    AL Auburn – Opelika $92160 $63K – N/A 190 0.38%
    AL Birmingham – Hoover $82990 $49K – N/A 450 0.09%
    AL Huntsville $75160 $40K – $141K 280 0.14%
    AL Mobile $97040 $53K – N/A 210 0.12%
    AL Montgomery $86840 $60K – $150K 180 0.11%
    AL Tuscaloosa $102900 $56K – N/A 210 0.24%
    AR Fayetteville – Springdale – Rogers $97950 $51K – $186K 160 0.08%
    AR Fort Smith $74610 $48K – $136K 60 0.05%
    AR Little Rock – North Little Rock – Conway $80360 $35K – $144K 330 0.10%
    AZ Flagstaff $103700 $64K – $153K 190 0.34%
    AZ Phoenix – Mesa – Glendale $92150 $53K – $179K 2090 0.12%
    AZ Prescott $62710 $41K – $108K 130 0.24%
    AZ Tucson $93510 $52K – N/A 600 0.17%
    CA Bakersfield – Delano $91770 $61K – $148K 130 0.05%
    CA Fresno $100210 $61K – $166K 310 0.10%
    CA Los Angeles – Long Beach – Glendale (Metro Area) $89490 $51K – $152K 3470 0.09%
    CA Modesto $103690 $64K – $166K N/A N/A
    CA Oakland – Fremont – Hayward (Metro Area) $92250 $53K – $167K 1080 0.11%
    CA Oxnard – Thousand Oaks – Ventura $68090 $35K – $138K 270 0.09%
    CA Riverside – San Bernardino – Ontario $94920 $54K – $147K 740 0.06%
    CA Sacramento – Arden – Arcade – Roseville $99510 $58K – $155K 810 0.10%
    CA Salinas $92690 $55K – $136K 160 0.11%
    CA San Diego – Carlsbad – San Marcos $93820 $55K – $168K 1140 0.09%
    CA San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City (Metro Area) $93650 $49K – $168K 990 0.10%
    CA San Jose – Sunnyvale – Santa Clara $100180 $59K – $153K 560 0.06%
    CA San Luis Obispo – Paso Robles $104370 $64K – $174K 140 0.14%
    CA Santa Ana – Anaheim – Irvine (Metro Area) $94770 $47K – $173K 990 0.07%
    CA Santa Barbara – Santa Maria – Goleta $102450 $56K – $167K 160 0.09%
    CA Santa Rosa – Petaluma $87980 $62K – $149K 160 0.09%
    CA Stockton $69780 $45K – $147K 110 0.06%
    CA Vallejo – Fairfield $98800 $64K – $148K 140 0.12%
    CA Visalia – Porterville $114880 $55K – $153K 50 0.04%
    CO Boulder $94610 $53K – $175K 210 0.13%
    CO Denver – Aurora – Broomfield $81840 $53K – $156K 1070 0.09%
    CO Fort Collins – Loveland $78470 $50K – $177K 180 0.14%
    CO Grand Junction $71690 $36K – $118K 50 0.08%
    CT Bridgeport – Stamford – Norwalk $87300 $49K – $158K 230 0.06%
    CT Hartford – West Hartford – East Hartford $106220 $64K – $169K 740 0.13%
    CT New Haven $107840 $65K – $176K 770 0.28%
    CT Norwich – New London N/A N/A – N/A 50 0.04%
    DC Washington – Arlington – Alexandria (Metro Area) $83850 $47K – $183K 3100 0.13%
    DE Wilmington (Metro Area) $106690 $64K – N/A 230 0.07%
    FL Deltona – Daytona Beach – Ormond Beach $99660 $66K – $169K 60 0.04%
    FL Fort Lauderdale – Pompano Beach – Deerfield Beach (Metro Area) $123750 $72K – N/A 170 0.02%
    FL Gainesville $130090 $75K – $177K 40 0.04%
    FL Jacksonville $94940 $77K – $131K 60 0.01%
    FL Miami – Miami Beach – Kendall (Metro Area) $98790 $66K – $151K 190 0.02%
    FL Ocala $92830 $54K – $121K 30 0.04%
    FL Orlando – Kissimmee – Sanford $90840 $65K – $137K 150 0.01%
    FL Palm Bay – Melbourne – Titusville $85300 $60K – $140K 50 0.03%
    FL Tampa – St. Petersburg – Clearwater $100760 $71K – $131K 200 0.02%
    FL West Palm Beach – Boca Raton – Boynton Beach (Metro Area) $94740 $68K – $144K 110 0.02%
    GA Albany $94740 $60K – $163K N/A N/A
    GA Athens – Clarke County $58830 $35K – N/A 50 0.06%
    GA Atlanta – Sandy Springs – Marietta $91870 $52K – $167K N/A N/A
    GA Augusta – Richmond County $127300 $57K – N/A N/A N/A
    GA Macon $82240 $44K – $164K 160 0.18%
    GA Rome $71710 $45K – $103K 100 0.27%
    GA Savannah $101670 $63K – $181K 280 0.19%
    HI Honolulu $93260 $64K – N/A 220 0.05%
    IA Davenport – Moline – Rock Island $68230 $46K – $119K 170 0.10%
    IA Des Moines – West Des Moines $83790 $44K – $163K 250 0.08%
    IA Sioux City $64180 $39K – $132K 40 0.06%
    ID Coeur d’Alene ID $69500 $37K – $98K 40 0.08%
    IL Bloomington – Normal $98220 $64K – $174K 140 0.16%
    IL Chicago – Joliet – Naperville (Metro Area) $90930 $52K – $171K N/A N/A
    IL Decatur $68500 $45K – $113K 30 0.07%
    IL Kankakee – Bradley $69220 $48K – $98K 70 0.18%
    IL Lake County – Kenosha County (Metro Area) $86570 $53K – $149K 280 0.07%
    IL Peoria $69800 $43K – $134K 100 0.06%
    IL Springfield $91710 $38K – $135K 50 0.05%
    IN Evansville $74100 $40K – $121K 50 0.03%
    IN Fort Wayne $80230 $44K – $182K 160 0.08%
    IN Gary (Metro Area) $73610 $34K – $134K 130 0.05%
    IN Indianapolis – Carmel $74780 $40K – N/A 430 0.05%
    IN Terre Haute $90390 $53K – $152K 130 0.20%
    KS Manhattan N/A N/A – N/A 220 0.43%
    KS Wichita N/A N/A – N/A 190 0.07%
    KY Bowling Green $83990 $49K – $139K 120 0.21%
    KY Lexington – Fayette $85120 $51K – N/A 320 0.13%
    KY Louisville – Jefferson County $78680 $47K – $155K 360 0.06%
    LA New Orleans – Metairie – Kenner $82960 $50K – N/A 900 0.17%
    LA Shreveport – Bossier City $70500 $46K – $149K 130 0.07%
    MA Barnstable Town $87510 $63K – $120K 30 0.03%
    MA Boston – Cambridge – Quincy (Metro Area) $92460 $56K – $187K 4340