Athletic Directors in the United States can expect wages of $58K annually on average. Final cash compensation to Athletic Directors varies from around $35K to approximately $97K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $9K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Male Athletic Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. Job satisfaction for Athletic Directors is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,927 - $97,231
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$58K
$97K
MEDIAN: $58,159
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$9.00 - $28.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$35,927 - $97,231  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,298  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
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$35,134 - $97,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 432
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $28.00  
   
Overtime
$28.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,298  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$35,134 - $97,065  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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Job Description for Athletic Director

An athletic director generally works at a school, university, or other type of organization (such as an after-school club) to coordinate athletic activities. They may be given a budget to follow and need to ensure that funding is dispersed correctly to the appropriate parties. These directors often create reports on budget allocation and forecasting, which requires proficiency with basic computer programs. The athletic director might also be tasked with developing marketing, promotional, and fundraising strategies. When the organization holds special events, the athletic director may oversee planning, including communicating with vendors and coordinating with other employees.

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Athletic Director Tasks

  • Manage college athletics programs, the coaching staff, competition schedules, equipment, facilities, and budget.
  • Uphold standards for academics, sportsmanship, and respect.
  • Participate in the recruitment of athletes to sports programs and selection of athletic scholarship winners.
  • Ensure compliance with all school, division, and government regulations.

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Popular Skills for Athletic Director


Job skills reported by Athletic Directors are limited. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, People Management, and Hiring are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Oral / Verbal Communication and Hiring. Those familiar with Administration also tend to know Budget Management and Oral / Verbal Communication.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Athletic Directors with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $49K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $68K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $80K.

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Key Stats for Athletic Director

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
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Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries


Administration
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National Average
$57,000


Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
23 %
Male
77 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
vision benefits
Vision: 51%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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