Athletic Director Salary

The median total income of Athletic Directors is around $56K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Directors. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men account for the majority of Athletic Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 82 percent to be exact. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,040 - $97,052

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$10.14 - $34.93

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,040 - $97,052  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,709  
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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$30,564 - $97,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 496
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $34.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,709  
   
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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$30,564 - $97,119  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18
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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

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

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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. Most people familiar with Administration also 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $48K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $69K in this role. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $79K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries


Administration
up arrow 2%

National Average
$56,000

People Management
up arrow 1%

Hiring
up arrow 1%

Oral / Verbal Communication
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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