Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

Median pay for College Athletic Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $73K annually. Job satisfaction for College Athletic Directors is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male College Athletic Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,699 - $122,203
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $72,919
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$47,760 - $122,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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, more experience generally translates to higher pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $61K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $70K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $86K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $100K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 38%

Experienced
up arrow 18%

National Average
$73,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
16%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
32%
20 years or more
22%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 98%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 2%
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