Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

Median pay for College Athletic Directors in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $73K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Male College Athletic Directors are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 67 percent of professionals. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$50,364 - $126,250
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MEDIAN: $72,965
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$50,372 - $131,148  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 41

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Job Description for Athletic Director (College/University)

University athletic directors are administrators who oversee athletic departments of colleges and universities and all details that make these departments run smoothly. This is a detail-oriented position that requires strong communication skills, and their duties also include overseeing financial, legal, and practical matters in the athletic department, as well as hiring and firing coaches.

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Athletic Director (College/University) Tasks

  • Manage college athletics programs, the coaching staff, competition schedules, equipment, facilities, and budget.
  • Uphold standards for academics, sportsmanship, and respect.
  • Participate in the recruitment of athletes to sports programs and selection of athletic scholarship winners.
  • Ensure compliance with all school, division, and government regulations.

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Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Director (College/University)

Pay by Experience for an Athletic Director (College/University) has a positive trend. An entry-level Athletic Director (College/University) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 11 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Athletic Director (College/University) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 13 salaries. An experienced Athletic Director (College/University) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 18 salaries. An Athletic Director (College/University) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $103,000 based on 10 salaries.

Key Stats for Athletic Director (College/University)

Gender

Female
33 %
Male
67 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 3 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
24%
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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲43%

Experienced
▲17%

National Average
$72,000

Mid-Career
▼4%

Entry-Level
▼17%

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
14%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
38%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: