• Benchmarks: Average Salaries for College Relations Staff

    Spotlight for Recruiting Professionals
    February 6, 2013

    Director-level positions commanded the highest salaries among full-time college relations staff members, according to results of NACE’s 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey.

    Salaries for college relations directors averaged $122,050, followed by those for managers ($94,785), recruiters ($64,195), and coordinators ($46,474). (See Figure 1.)

    The average salaries show mixed movement from those reported from the 2011 survey. While the average director salary is up approximately 3 percent from that reported in the 2011 survey, the average salaries for all other positions suffered decreases ranging from a high of nearly 5 percent for coordinators to a low of 1.6 percent for managers.

    Figure 1: Salary ranges for college relations staff


    Percentile 25 Mean Median Percentile 75




















    NACE's 2012 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey was conducted June 15 through August 15, 2012; 242 employer-member organizations took part. Read the executive summary here. 

Benchmarks: Average Salaries for College Relations Staff