Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

College Athletic Directors in the United States take home approximately $73K per year on average. Work is enjoyable for College Athletic Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male College Athletic Directors making up 57 percent of survey respondents. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,699 - $122,203
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)

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.


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.

College Athletic Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. 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. College Athletic Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $86K. College Athletic Directors who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $100K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


43 %
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

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