Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

College Athletic Directors in the United States take home an average $71K annually. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. College Athletic Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 61 percent. Most College Athletic Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on responses to 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: 2 Jul 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.


For many College Athletic Directors, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $60K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $67K. College Athletic Directors who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $85K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $98K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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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 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 20 votes.

Gender

Female
39 %
Male
61 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
30%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 96% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 2%
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