Athletic Director Salary (United States)

Athletic Directors in the United States ordinarily take home approximately $52,714 per year. Compensation starts at $29,376 and can reach $96,391 per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. In this profession, most individuals enjoy medical and dental coverage, and about half have vision insurance, as well. The vast majority (85 percent) of Athletic Directors are male. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals 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  
   
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$0.00 - $6,183  
Total Pay (?
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$29,376 - $96,391  
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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  
   
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$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  
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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 who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional 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 experienced in 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.
In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher salaries. After five to 10 years, compensation can go from $46K to $56K. Pay amounts to $62K after 10 to 20 years. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Athletic Directors tend to earn $77K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a 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. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Detroit
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National Average
$53,000
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For those looking to make money, Athletic Directors in Atlanta enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Athletic Directors will also find cushy salaries in Detroit (+29 percent). Athletic Directors in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 21 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field.

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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%
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