Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

College Athletic Directors in the United States take home approximately $73K annually on average. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. College Athletic Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 68 percent. Though the majority of College Athletic Directors do not report high levels of job satisfaction, most are moderately content with their role. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$50,552 - $124,106
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$73K
$120K
MEDIAN: $72,853
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$50,552 - $124,106  
   
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$8,000  
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$50,531 - $125,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 43

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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.

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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)

Pay by Experience for an Athletic Director (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Athletic Director (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Athletic Director (College/University) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Athletic Director (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 18 salaries. An Athletic Director (College/University) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 10 salaries.

Key Stats for Athletic Director (College/University)

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲41%

Experienced
▲16%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
▼6%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.

Gender

Female
32 %
Male
68 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 46%
no benefits
None:
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