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Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

The average College Athletic Director in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $71K per year. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. College Athletic Directors who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 60 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,955 - $113,805
MEDIAN: $71,458

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$42,310 - $113,585  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 77

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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.

College Athletic Directors generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $62K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $68K. After working for 10 to 20 years, College Athletic Directors make a median salary of $80K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $98K.

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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

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National Average

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.


40 %
60 %

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: 97% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 2%