Athletic Director Salary

The median total income of Athletic Directors is around $57K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The vast majority (81 percent) of Athletic Directors who answered the questionnaire are male. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Athletic Directors is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$32,575 - $97,416
(Median)
$33K
$57K
$97K
MEDIAN: $57,312
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$9.79 - $30.20
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$19
$30
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$32,575 - $97,416  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,801  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
Commission
$20,000  
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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$31,629 - $97,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 562
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.79 - $30.20  
   
Overtime
$12.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,801  
   
Commission
$20,000  
Profit Sharing
$10,000  
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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$31,629 - $97,451  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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


Athletic Directors report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, People Management, and Hiring are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication and Hiring. Those proficient in Administration are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


For many Athletic Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $49K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $59K. Athletic Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $70K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $79K.

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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

People Management
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Oral / Verbal Communication
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Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 18%
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