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How much $ does a good college counselor make?

ishkabobishkabob Registered User Posts: 393 Member
edited December 2007 in College Admissions
Like yearly salary....one that you hire....not one that is in a school. Although I would think a school college counselor would make less. Anybody know? I'm considering it as a career.
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Replies to: How much $ does a good college counselor make?

  • anemgianemgi Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
    I can't say I know the average salary, but I know someone who works as a college counselor to extremely wealthy people, and they each pay a fee of $20,000 for her services. But these are the elite of NYC, so I think it's a little different.
  • ishkabobishkabob Registered User Posts: 393 Member
  • menloparkmommenloparkmom Registered User Posts: 11,959 Senior Member
    The best and highest paid college counselors are those who had many years of experience working in admissions depts of a college or colleges before they struck out on their own.
  • anisha08anisha08 Registered User Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    I was thinking of this as well. In the event that law doesn't work out for me due to the high supply and low demand for lawyers, what would someone who wants to be a college counselor major in?
    Consulting? Marketing? Probably an MBA, actually...sorry, I'm thinking aloud.
  • 99cents99cents Registered User Posts: 1,088 Senior Member
    I think If I remember correctly, it was in the 7-figure, with books and such. 40K per kid, 30 kids/year x $40K > $1 million. Very lucrative business.
  • jsmalljsmall Registered User Posts: 737 Member
    40k per kid a year? What do these councelors do for you thats worth 40k?
  • anisha08anisha08 Registered User Posts: 1,438 Senior Member
    Those are the REALLY high-end counselors.

    Back where I cum frumm in the heaaaart of de forest...JK

    Anyways, since most families in the Silicon Valley aren't ridiculously rich (And my college counselor's business is tailored towards cheap Indian people), the packages usually range from $2,000 to $4,200. And that's per kid. And I know that he has at least 40 kids.
  • ishkabobishkabob Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    Yeah, exactly what would one major in?
  • bigreddawgiebigreddawgie Registered User Posts: 2,157 Senior Member
    around 200 dollars an hr probably
  • ishkabobishkabob Registered User Posts: 393 Member
    What about a college counselor just starting out?
  • UCDAlum82UCDAlum82 Registered User Posts: 1,084 Senior Member
    The private college counselors I've worked with all spent a time in the admissions department in a top university. For instance, my daughter's college counselor was in admissions at Georgetown before she decided to go private. I would guess it would be hard to come up with a large clientel without that type of background.
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