Athletic Directors in the United States take home an average $59K annually. Final cash compensation to Athletic Directors varies from around $36K to approximately $95K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $10K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to close to one-half. Making up 78 percent of those who took the survey, male Athletic Directors greatly outnumber their female counterparts. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Athletic Directors. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$36,648 - $95,620
(Median)
$37K
$59K
$96K
MEDIAN: $59,068
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$9.00 - $28.00
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$9
$18
$28
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$36,648 - $95,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,882  
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$35,640 - $95,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 440
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$9.00 - $28.00  
   
Overtime
$28.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,882  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00  
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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$35,640 - $95,480  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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, skills in Budget Management, Administration, People Management, and Hiring are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Oral / Verbal Communication and Hiring. 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 with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $59K. Athletic Directors see a median salary of $69K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $79K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Athletic Director Salaries

Budget Management
up arrow 4%

Administration
up arrow 1%

National Average
$58,000

People Management
up arrow 3%

Hiring
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
22 %
Male
78 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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