Athletic Director (College/University) Salary
An average College Athletic Director in the United States can expect to take home roughly $72K per year. Male College Athletic Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
Job Description for Athletic Director (College/University)
University athletic directors are administrators who oversee athletic departments of colleges and universities and all details that make these departments run smoothly. This is a detail-oriented position that requires strong communication skills, and their duties also include overseeing financial, legal, and practical matters in the athletic department, as well as hiring and firing coaches.Read More...
University athletic directors typically promote fundraising efforts for the school's athletic department and may be responsible for public relations. They also make decisions regarding the ordering and maintenance of athletic equipment and must supervise the coordination of athletic events and serve as liaisons with sports conference/division administrators. They should be able to solve problems quickly and effectively, and strong management and organizational skills are also important in this position.
A bachelor's degree or higher in physical education, education administration, or a related field is generally required for this position, and some employers may require a master's degree and/or prior experience as a coach. University athletic directors typically work in an office and coordinate with other school administrators, as well as teachers and athletic coaches, and they typically work during regular office hours and adhere to the university's academic schedule.
Athletic Director (College/University) Tasks
- Manage college athletics programs, the coaching staff, competition schedules, equipment, facilities, and budget.
- Uphold standards for academics, sportsmanship, and respect.
- Participate in the recruitment of athletes to sports programs and selection of athletic scholarship winners.
- Ensure compliance with all school, division, and government regulations.
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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Director (College/University)
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 incomes. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $61K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $70K on average. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $100K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $103K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.