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Athletic Director Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Athletic Directors (more than a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $57K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men make up the vast majority of Athletic Directors (82 percent) who took the survey. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Most Athletic Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,143 - $97,976
(Median)
$31K
$57K
$98K
MEDIAN: $56,723
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$10.07 - $35.44
(Median)
$10
$17
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$31,143 - $97,976  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,786  
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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$30,599 - $98,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 466
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.07 - $35.44  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,786  
   
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).
)
$30,599 - $98,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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


Survey results suggest that Athletic Directors use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, People Management, and Hiring are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Administration are also skilled in People 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $49K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $58K. Athletic Directors bring in $70K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $79K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 40%



National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries


Administration
up arrow 3%

National Average
$57,000

People Management
up arrow 2%

Hiring
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 49 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 17%
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