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Athletic Director Salary (United States)

Total annual pay for Athletic Directors is approximately $53K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — around one in three on average. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Athletic Directors are largely men, dominating the profession at 85 percent. For the most part, Athletic Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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

Athletic Directors note just a narrow range of job skills. 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.
For many Athletic Directors, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $46K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $56K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $62K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $76K. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; just over a half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining roughly a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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National Average
$53,000
Dallas
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Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Athletic Directors in Atlanta receive some of the highest pay in the country. Athletic Directors will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+29 percent). Athletic Directors' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Athletic Directors in Dallas bring in salaries that are 21 percent lower than the national average.

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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
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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%