Athletic Director (College/University) Salary
Median pay for College Athletic Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $73K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male College Athletic Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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|Salary||$50,364 - $126,250|
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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.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.
Athletic Director (College/University) Job Listings
Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Director (College/University)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of College Athletic Directors. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $60K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $69K. On average, College Athletic Directors make $85K following one to two decades on the job. Professionals who have racked up more than two decades of experience enjoy comfortable salaries; at this stage, median wages are a cushy $103K.
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