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.

$51,095 - $158,927
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $72,453
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$50,919 - $157,812  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 40
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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.

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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.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 44%

Experienced
up arrow 39%

National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
up arrow 2%

Entry-Level
up arrow 16%

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
15%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 76%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None:
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