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Athletic Director Salary (United States)

The median total income of Athletic Directors is around $55K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (nearly one in three, in fact) comes from commissions. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Athletic Directors report high levels of job satisfaction. The vast majority of Athletic Directors (83 percent) survey respondents are men. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Athletic Director Salary (?
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$30,263 - $96,556
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MEDIAN: $54,856
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Athletic Director Salary (?
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$9.97 - $43.63
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$30,263 - $96,556  
   
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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$29,768 - $96,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $43.63  
   
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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$29,768 - $96,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Most notably, skills in Budget Management, Administration, People Management, and Oral / Verbal Communication are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Oral / Verbal Communication. It is often found that people who know Administration are also skilled in 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.
Athletic Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $47K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $56K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Athletic Directors make a median salary of $66K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $77K.

Pay Difference By Location

Atlanta
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New York
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Detroit
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National Average
$55,000
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Dallas
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Larger circles over a city indicate a job is popular in that location.
Athletic Directors will find that Atlanta offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 28 percent. Athletic Directors will also find cushy salaries in New York (+25 percent) and Detroit (+24 percent). Athletic Directors in Dallas earn salaries far below the national average by 23 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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National Average
$55,000

Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries

Administration
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People Management
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National Average
$55,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
17%
female alumni
 
Male
83%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 62%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 17%