Athletic Director (College/University) Salary
Median pay for College Athletic Directors in the United States is around $73K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The majority of individuals in this role claim moderate levels of job satisfaction. There are more male College Athletic Directors than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 67 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
|Salary||$50,552 - $145,437|
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|$50,531 - $154,500|
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.Read More...
University athletic directors typically promote fundraising efforts for the school's athletic department and may be responsible for public relations. They also make decisions regarding the ordering and maintenance of athletic equipment and must supervise the coordination of athletic events and serve as liaisons with sports conference/division administrators. They should be able to solve problems quickly and effectively, and strong management and organizational skills are also important in this position.
A bachelor's degree or higher in physical education, education administration, or a related field is generally required for this position, and some employers may require a master's degree and/or prior experience as a coach. University athletic directors typically work in an office and coordinate with other school administrators, as well as teachers and athletic coaches, and they typically work during regular office hours and adhere to the university's academic schedule.
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)
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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $60K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $69K on average. College Athletic Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $99K. 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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