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)
Athletic directors at colleges/universities are responsible for directing athletic activities and programs for their schools. Leadership and strong organization skills are important in this position in order to manage athletic personnel and achieve goals in a timely manner.Read More...
Athletic directors assist with technical advice and strategy for competitions, so prior experience in a similar capacity is highly beneficial. They typically work in an office and outdoor sporting environment to assist in training, reviewing participation of athletes, and verifying that all necessary tasks are completed. They should have an approachable attitude to facilitate communication between athletes, and they may participate in different projects at once and demonstrate interpersonal abilities to influence individuals and team performance.
Athletic directors must work efficiently in a team setting to achieve all athletics objectives, and they may develop programs for their college or university to be competitive in local, regional, and national events. They use a personal computer to log progress, research techniques, and watch rivals' techniques and should be able to stand on their feet for several hours at a time, have some physical ability, and know what to do in case of injury. They may also have assistants to keep athletes in good shape for all competitions and form strategies to execute during games, as well as improvise strategies in these games.
A bachelor's degree in physical education or a related field is generally required for this position, and industry certifications are also helpful.
Athletic Director (College/University) Tasks
- 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.
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.