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  • Recruiting Benchmarks & Compensation Combo 2019

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    The 2019 Recruiting Benchmarks Survey Report explores key aspects of university recruiting, such as the structure, staffing, focus, and execution of the efforts, and provides outcome-oriented benchmarks and metrics. This report also compares current results to those of previous years to offer insight on trends in recruiting.

    Highlights include:

    • Slightly more than half of all full-time, entry-level hires (58.0 percent) were recent college graduates.
    • Almost all employers (98.9 percent) recruit from traditional four-year public/nonprofit universities.
    • Employers attended an average of 48 career fairs and plan to participate in 47 for the next recruiting year. These figures have increased since last year’s report.
    • Most employers used formal on-campus interviewing as a hiring process, and 49.3 percent of full-time college hires result from this method.


    The 2019 Recruiting Compensation Benchmarks Report is an annual series of reports detailing the compensation of the core positions involved in college recruiting at employer organizations.

    The positions detailed in this compensation report include:

    • Director of College Recruiting
    • College Recruiting Manager
    • College Recruiter
    • College Recruiting Coordinator

    This report includes breakdowns for:

    • Tenure in the position
    • Base salary
    • Formal salary range for the position
    • Past year’s salary change
    • Bonus eligibility
    • Bonus paid
    • Insurance Provided (medical, dental, vision, and life)
    • Paid time-off (holiday and vacation)
    • 401(k) plan
    • Tuition Reimbursement

    Highlights include:

    • Tenure among recruiters continues to be relatively short. Directors are the longest serving among college recruiting staff, as would be expected, at just seven years with their current firms. The length of stay for other recruiting positions declines steadily until it reaches the coordinator position, where the average incumbent has no more than two years of experience.
    • Virtually all of the incumbents in these recruiting positions received an increase in base compensation in 2019, and the average increases tended to be higher than in previous years. Directors received the largest average increase at 5.3 percent. Coordinators saw the lowest raise at 2.95 percent, but this increase still exceeded the average raise for a coordinator in 2018 (2.45 percent).
    • In addition to base salary, all positions—except that of coordinator—were eligible to receive a bonus. Bonus compensation increased substantially for director and manager positions but dropped somewhat for recruiters. This adds to what appears to be a growing disparity in compensation between management and line employees.

    December 2019. 8 1/2" x 11”. 54 pages. PDF format.

    If your organization participated in the survey, or you purchased a copy of the report, you can access the report at MyNACE > Research Reports.