Athletic Director Salary

In a profession for which the median take-home is approximately $56K, over a third of overall earnings for Athletic Directors arrives through commissions. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. The vast majority of Athletic Directors (82 percent) who took the survey are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$30,856 - $97,555
(Median)
$31K
$56K
$98K
MEDIAN: $55,853
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$10.10 - $35.17
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$10
$18
$35
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,856 - $97,555  
   
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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$30,409 - $97,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 482
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $35.17  
   
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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$30,409 - $97,611  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, Hiring, and People Management are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Oral / Verbal Communication. Most people who know Administration also know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Athletic Directors. The average inexperienced worker earns $48K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $57K. Athletic Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $70K. Athletic Directors with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $79K.

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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 2%

National Average
$56,000

Hiring
up arrow 1%

People Management
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
18 %
Male
82 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
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: 48% employee benefits None: 16%
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