Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

College Athletic Directors in the United States can expect wages of $71K per year on average. For the most part, College Athletic Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. College Athletic Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 63 percent. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,804 - $112,260
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$43K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $71,460
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$42,150 - $111,843  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 75
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Job Description for Athletic Director (College/University)

  • 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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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. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $57K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $67K. On average, College Athletic Directors make $85K following 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 $98K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

Entry-Level
up arrow 20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 2%
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