Athletic Director Salary (United States)

For Athletic Directors, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to nearly one in three of their $52,714 annual pay. Pay starts at $29,376 and can approach $96,391 per year on the higher side. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. In a profession dominated by men, 85 percent of Athletic Directors are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Directors. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Athletic Director Salary (?
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$29,667 - $95,736
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MEDIAN: $52,389
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Athletic Director Salary (?
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$10.14 - $44.38
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$29,667 - $95,736  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,183  
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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$29,376 - $96,391  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 378
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $44.38  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,183  
   
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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$29,376 - $96,391  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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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

Professional skills reported by Athletic Directors are few in number. Most notably, facility with Budget Management, Administration, and People Management are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Most people familiar with Administration also know 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.
Experience is important when determining pay for Athletic Directors. Starting at around $46K, salaries see a boost to $56K after five to 10 years. Salary comes to $62K after 10 to 20 years. Even after two decades, Athletic Directors continue to experience substantial salary development and pay is estimated at $77K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 7 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within it.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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National Average
$53,000
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Atlanta is home to an above-average pay rate for Athletic Directors, 33 percent higher than the national average. Athletic Directors will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+29 percent). Compared to the national average, Dallas Athletic Directors have considerably lower salaries, 21 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries

Late-Career
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Mid-Career
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National Average
$53,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries

People Management
up arrow 9%
Oral / Verbal Communication
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National Average
$53,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
15%
female alumni
 
Male
85%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%
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