Athletic Director Salary

The median total income of Athletic Directors is around $56K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (more than a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Athletic Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Athletic Directors (81 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$30,932 - $97,533
(Median)
$31K
$56K
$98K
MEDIAN: $56,098
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$10.14 - $34.93
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$18
$35
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,932 - $97,533  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,730  
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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$30,481 - $97,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 488
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $34.93  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $35.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,730  
   
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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$30,481 - $97,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | 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


Survey results show that Athletic Directors use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, Hiring, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. Those educated in Administration tend to be well versed 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.


Athletic Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $48K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $58K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $70K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $79K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 42%



National Average
$56,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries


Administration
up arrow 1%

National Average
$56,000

People Management
up arrow 2%

Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
19 %
Male
81 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 64%
vision benefits Vision: 49% employee benefits None: 16%
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