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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).


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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.

StateCity / RegionTypical SalarySalary RangeJob Count% of All Jobs
AKAnchorage$93,930$65K - $176KN/AN/A
ALAuburn - Opelika$92,160$63K - N/A1900.38%
ALBirmingham - Hoover$82,990$49K - N/A4500.09%
ALHuntsville$75,160$40K - $141K2800.14%
ALMobile$97,040$53K - N/A2100.12%
ALMontgomery$86,840$60K - $150K1800.11%
ALTuscaloosa$102,900$56K - N/A2100.24%
ARFayetteville - Springdale - Rogers$97,950$51K - $186K1600.08%
ARFort Smith$74,610$48K - $136K600.05%
ARLittle Rock - North Little Rock - Conway$80,360$35K - $144K3300.10%
AZFlagstaff$103,700$64K - $153K1900.34%
AZPhoenix - Mesa - Glendale$92,150$53K - $179K2,0900.12%
AZPrescott$62,710$41K - $108K1300.24%
AZTucson$93,510$52K - N/A6000.17%
CABakersfield - Delano$91,770$61K - $148K1300.05%
CAFresno$100,210$61K - $166K3100.10%
CALos Angeles - Long Beach - Glendale (Metro Area)$89,490$51K - $152K3,4700.09%
CAModesto$103,690$64K - $166KN/AN/A
CAOakland - Fremont - Hayward (Metro Area)$92,250$53K - $167K1,0800.11%
CAOxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura$68,090$35K - $138K2700.09%
CARiverside - San Bernardino - Ontario$94,920$54K - $147K7400.06%
CASacramento - Arden - Arcade - Roseville$99,510$58K - $155K8100.10%
CASalinas$92,690$55K - $136K1600.11%
CASan Diego - Carlsbad - San Marcos$93,820$55K - $168K1,1400.09%
CASan Francisco - San Mateo - Redwood City (Metro Area)$93,650$49K - $168K9900.10%
CASan Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara$100,180$59K - $153K5600.06%
CASan Luis Obispo - Paso Robles$104,370$64K - $174K1400.14%
CASanta Ana - Anaheim - Irvine (Metro Area)$94,770$47K - $173K9900.07%
CASanta Barbara - Santa Maria - Goleta$102,450$56K - $167K1600.09%
CASanta Rosa - Petaluma$87,980$62K - $149K1600.09%
CAStockton$69,780$45K - $147K1100.06%
CAVallejo - Fairfield$98,800$64K - $148K1400.12%
CAVisalia - Porterville$114,880$55K - $153K500.04%
COBoulder$94,610$53K - $175K2100.13%
CODenver - Aurora - Broomfield$81,840$53K - $156K1,0700.09%
COFort Collins - Loveland$78,470$50K - $177K1800.14%
COGrand Junction$71,690$36K - $118K500.08%
CTBridgeport - Stamford - Norwalk$87,300$49K - $158K2300.06%
CTHartford - West Hartford - East Hartford$106,220$64K - $169K7400.13%
CTNew Haven$107,840$65K - $176K7700.28%
CTNorwich - New LondonN/AN/A - N/A500.04%
DCWashington - Arlington - Alexandria (Metro Area)$83,850$47K - $183K3,1000.13%
DEWilmington (Metro Area)$106,690$64K - N/A2300.07%
FLDeltona - Daytona Beach - Ormond Beach$99,660$66K - $169K600.04%
FLFort Lauderdale - Pompano Beach - Deerfield Beach (Metro Area)$123,750$72K - N/A1700.02%
FLGainesville$130,090$75K - $177K400.04%
FLJacksonville$94,940$77K - $131K600.01%
FLMiami - Miami Beach - Kendall (Metro Area)$98,790$66K - $151K1900.02%
FLOcala$92,830$54K - $121K300.04%
FLOrlando - Kissimmee - Sanford$90,840$65K - $137K1500.01%
FLPalm Bay - Melbourne - Titusville$85,300$60K - $140K500.03%
FLTampa - St. Petersburg - Clearwater$100,760$71K - $131K2000.02%
FLWest Palm Beach - Boca Raton - Boynton Beach (Metro Area)$94,740$68K - $144K1100.02%
GAAlbany$94,740$60K - $163KN/AN/A
GAAthens - Clarke County$58,830$35K - N/A500.06%
GAAtlanta - Sandy Springs - Marietta$91,870$52K - $167KN/AN/A
GAAugusta - Richmond County$127,300$57K - N/AN/AN/A
GAMacon$82,240$44K - $164K1600.18%
GARome$71,710$45K - $103K1000.27%
GASavannah$101,670$63K - $181K2800.19%
HIHonolulu$93,260$64K - N/A2200.05%
IADavenport - Moline - Rock Island$68,230$46K - $119K1700.10%
IADes Moines - West Des Moines$83,790$44K - $163K2500.08%
IASioux City$64,180$39K - $132K400.06%
IDCoeur d'Alene, ID$69,500$37K - $98K400.08%
ILBloomington - Normal$98,220$64K - $174K1400.16%
ILChicago - Joliet - Naperville (Metro Area)$90,930$52K - $171KN/AN/A
ILDecatur$68,500$45K - $113K300.07%
ILKankakee - Bradley$69,220$48K - $98K700.18%
ILLake County - Kenosha County (Metro Area)$86,570$53K - $149K2800.07%
ILPeoria$69,800$43K - $134K1000.06%
ILSpringfield$91,710$38K - $135K500.05%
INEvansville$74,100$40K - $121K500.03%
INFort Wayne$80,230$44K - $182K1600.08%
INGary (Metro Area)$73,610$34K - $134K1300.05%
INIndianapolis - Carmel$74,780$40K - N/A4300.05%
INTerre Haute$90,390$53K - $152K1300.20%
KSManhattanN/AN/A - N/A2200.43%
KSWichitaN/AN/A - N/A1900.07%
KYBowling Green$83,990$49K - $139K1200.21%
KYLexington - Fayette$85,120$51K - N/A3200.13%
KYLouisville - Jefferson County$78,680$47K - $155K3600.06%
LANew Orleans - Metairie - Kenner$82,960$50K - N/A9000.17%
LAShreveport - Bossier City$70,500$46K - $149K1300.07%
MABarnstable Town$87,510$63K - $120K300.03%
MABoston - Cambridge - Quincy (Metro Area)$92,460$56K - $187K4,3400.25%
MABrockton - Bridgewater - Easton (Metro Area)$73,160$51K - $115K3600.42%
MAFramingham (Metro Area)$74,880$58K - $135K700.04%
MAHaverhill - North Andover - Amesbury (Metro Area)$63,210$44K - $109K800.10%
MASpringfield$68,110$40K - $122K7900.28%
MAWorcester$77,970$49K - $150K5200.21%
MDBaltimore - Towson$98,360$58K - N/A1,5400.12%
MDBethesda - Rockville - Frederick (Metro Area)$101,900$62K - $155K3200.06%
MDSalisbury$108,180$52K - $153K400.07%
MEBangor$65,620$45K - $136K1000.16%
MELewiston - Auburn$72,970$38K - $171KN/AN/A
MEPortland - South Portland - Biddeford$72,680$48K - $122K2700.14%
MIAnn Arbor$133,170$73K - N/A5500.28%
MIDetroit - Livonia - Dearborn (Metro Area)$110,040$61K - N/A7300.11%
MIFlint$84,210$50K - $124K1600.12%
MIGrand Rapids - Wyoming$83,040$51K - $142K3100.08%
MIJackson$62,900$41K - $105K900.18%
MIKalamazoo - Portage$87,880$55K - $141K1000.08%
MILansing - East Lansing$94,310$63K - $172K3800.19%
MIWarren - Troy - Farmington Hills (Metro Area)$87,650$62K - $142K5600.05%
MNDuluth$72,380$48K - $133K1900.15%
MNMinneapolis - St. Paul - Bloomington$83,110$47K - $167K2,3900.14%
MOCape Girardeau - Jackson$83,150$49K - $151K500.11%
MOKansas City$82,010$45K - $166K7400.08%
MOSpringfield$87,680$50K - $139K1700.09%
MOSt. Joseph$58,940$40K - $163KN/AN/A
MOSt. Louis$82,470$50K - $147K1,0300.08%
MSGulfport - Biloxi$76,550$58K - $105K600.06%
MSJackson$69,560$43K - $131K4400.17%
NCAsheville$63,060$37K - $104K1800.11%
NCCharlotte - Gastonia - Rock Hill$74,210$47K - $133K8600.10%
NCDurham - Chapel Hill$104,630$58K - N/A8700.32%
NCFayetteville$90,900$63K - $147K700.05%
NCGoldsboro$89,710$52K - $151K600.15%
NCGreensboro - High Point$91,830$58K - $173K3300.10%
NCHickory - Lenoir - Morganton$58,560$40K - $95K1300.09%
NCRaleigh - Cary$104,650$50K - $185K6200.12%
NCRocky Mount$59,790$40K - $113K500.08%
NCWilmington$105,620$67K - $178K700.05%
NCWinston - Salem$98,460$60K - N/A2800.14%
NDBismarck$56,630$47K - $90KN/AN/A
NDGrand Forks$83,960$50K - $178K800.17%
NELincoln$76,470$40K - N/A2700.17%
NEOmaha - Council Bluffs$73,550$44K - $155K4200.09%
NHManchester$77,330$48K - $114K1600.16%
NHNashua (Metro Area)$76,840$44K - $124K500.04%
NJAtlantic City - Hammonton$119,070$81K - N/A900.07%
NJCamden (Metro Area)$112,250$70K - N/A1900.04%
NJEdison - New Brunswick (Metro Area)$146,600$86K - N/A4100.04%
NJNewark - Union (Metro Area)$101,170$65K - $177K7100.07%
NJTrenton - Ewing$106,440$75K - $179K3100.15%
NMAlbuquerque$65,060$44K - $100K1200.03%
NMSanta Fe$58,880$43K - $93K1500.26%
NVLas Vegas - Paradise$77,020$52K - $174K3800.05%
NVReno - Sparks$110,330$65K - N/A2200.11%
NYAlbany - Schenectady - Troy$81,800$41K - N/A5800.14%
NYBinghamton$92,510$59K - $186K800.08%
NYBuffalo - Niagara Falls$91,740$51K - $164K3500.07%
NYIthaca$97,560$64K - $166K1200.25%
NYKingston$90,720$62K - $147K600.10%
NYNassau - Suffolk (Metro Area)$106,170$66K - $186K7500.06%
NYNew York - White Plains - Wayne (Metro Area)$99,740$58K - N/A5,4000.10%
NYPoughkeepsie - Newburgh - Middletown$88,550$56K - $150K3700.15%
NYRochester$99,920$63K - $174K4400.09%
NYSyracuse$105,080$60K - N/A5500.18%
NYUtica - Rome$93,640$52K - $141K1600.13%
OHAkron$93,840$52K - $175K3100.10%
OHCanton - Massillon$76,490$53K - $112K3300.20%
OHCincinnati - Middletown$81,610$44K - N/A7100.07%
OHCleveland - Elyria - Mentor$83,500$52K - $163K7400.07%
OHColumbus$100,880$59K - N/A8600.09%
OHDayton$82,160$40K - $159K3700.10%
OHToledo$86,240$62K - $168K2400.08%
OHYoungstown - Warren - Boardman$93,350$63K - $174K1000.04%
OKOklahoma City$74,430$42K - $152K6000.10%
OKTulsa$66,000$36K - $100K3000.07%
OREugene - Springfield$79,360$46K - $163K1900.14%
ORPortland - Vancouver - Hillsboro$72,350$47K - $167K1,0800.11%
ORSalem$70,220$44K - $148K1200.08%
PAAllentown - Bethlehem - Easton$70,790$42K - $143K3300.10%
PAHarrisburg - Carlisle$94,390$51K - N/A2400.08%
PALancaster$71,420$43K - $138K900.04%
PAPhiladelphia (Metro Area)$106,920$51K - N/A2,2700.12%
PAPittsburgh$85,900$47K - N/A1,0600.09%
PAReading$59,070$40K - $154KN/AN/A
PAScranton - Wilkes - Barre$73,930$53K - $165K2300.09%
PAYork - Hanover$63,590$41K - $139KN/AN/A
PRAguadilla - Isabela - San Sebastian$49,860$29K - $83K500.12%
PRMayaguez$44,300$29K - $67K500.17%
PRPonce$48,680$33K - $74K1000.19%
PRSan Juan - Caguas - Guaynabo$43,800$26K - $80K9300.13%
RIProvidence - Fall River - Warwick$92,700$64K - $177K7800.15%
SCCharleston - North Charleston - Summerville$79,460$43K - $141K1600.06%
SCColumbia$71,230$49K - $156K3300.10%
SCFlorence$69,690$47K - $110K700.08%
SCGreenville - Mauldin - Easley$69,690$36K - $152K8300.28%
SCSpartanburg$60,560$34K - $95K900.08%
SDSioux Falls$88,820$69K - $117K300.02%
TNChattanooga$67,400$41K - $152K1100.05%
TNJackson$60,360$39K - $164K1100.19%
TNKingsport - Bristol - Bristol$78,500$56K - $167K500.05%
TNKnoxville$80,060$45K - $179K3500.11%
TNMemphis$72,420$43K - $151K8300.14%
TNNashville - Davidson - Murfreesboro - Franklin$74,450$42K - $174K7800.11%
TXAbilene$68,300$37K - $121K600.09%
TXAmarilloN/AN/A - N/A1100.10%
TXAustin - Round Rock - San Marcos$97,380$54K - N/A5200.06%
TXBeaumont - Port Arthur$83,840$39K - $171K600.04%
TXBrownsville - Harlingen$103,740$77K - $141K300.02%
TXCollege Station - Bryan$85,380$53K - $166K5500.59%
TXCorpus Christi$98,420$55K - $187K400.02%
TXDallas - Plano - Irving (Metro Area)$81,080$49K - $155K6600.03%
TXEl Paso$85,300$52K - $138K1100.04%
TXFort Worth - Arlington (Metro Area)$89,330$53K - $163K3500.04%
TXHouston - Sugar Land - Baytown$89,960$55K - $171K1,3000.05%
TXKilleen - Temple - Fort Hood$84,570$47K - $174K1200.09%
TXLubbock$94,810$47K - $174K900.07%
TXMcAllen - Edinburg - Mission$78,440$54K - $124K700.03%
TXOdessa$69,660$52K - $149K400.06%
TXSan Antonio - New Braunfels$89,390$49K - N/A5000.06%
TXTyler$90,960$60K - $156K600.06%
TXWaco$107,300$76K - $167K600.06%
UTOgden - Clearfield$83,660$50K - $146K900.04%
UTProvo - Orem$84,220$57K - $128K2300.13%
UTSalt Lake City$85,000$48K - N/A3000.05%
VABlacksburg - Christiansburg - Radford$46,790$34K - $126K800.12%
VADanville$70,950$52K - $96K400.10%
VALynchburgN/AN/A - N/A600.07%
VARichmond$93,390$47K - $169K3400.06%
VARoanoke$91,770$45K - N/A500.03%
VAVirginia Beach - Norfolk - Newport News$86,190$49K - $166K5300.07%
VAWinchester$85,780$53K - $139K500.10%
VTBurlington - South Burlington$61,570$35K - $107K1700.15%
WABellingham$92,260$62K - $177KN/AN/A
WABremerton - Silverdale$71,840$60K - $99K300.04%
WAKennewick - Pasco - Richland$85,220$50K - $136K500.05%
WAOlympia$100,940$66K - $171K400.05%
WASeattle - Bellevue - Everett (Metro Area)$88,450$61K - $172K1,1000.08%
WASpokane$83,150$56K - $127K2100.11%
WATacoma (Metro Area)$83,690$58K - $125K1800.07%
WIEau Claire$75,340$44K - $131KN/AN/A
WIFond du Lac$83,020$32K - $129K400.10%
WIGreen Bay$83,270$48K - $133K1100.07%
WIJanesville$44,460$30K - $72K600.10%
WILa Crosse$79,940$52K - $121K1200.16%
WIMadison$91,200$58K - $153K7300.22%
WIMilwaukee - Waukesha - West Allis$75,110$41K - $122K1,3700.17%
WVCharleston$84,100$51K - $124K500.04%
WVHuntington - Ashland$77,240$49K - $162K2400.22%
WVParkersburg - Marietta - Vienna$69,740$39K - $99K300.05%