Median pay for College Athletic Directors in the United States is around $73K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. There are more male College Athletic Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

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$73K
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MEDIAN: $72,983
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$50,531 - $154,500  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 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)

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


College Athletic Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $60K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $69K on average. College Athletic Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. 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.

Key Stats for Athletic Director (College/University)

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
036
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%
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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%

Experienced
up arrow 37%

National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
36%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None:
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