Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

For College Athletic Directors, annual average wages total $72K per year. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male College Athletic Directors making up 54 percent of survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for College Athletic Directors, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$43,325 - $117,121

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$42,741 - $116,829  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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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.

Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of College Athletic Directors. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $60K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $69K. After working for 10 to 20 years, College Athletic Directors make a median salary of $81K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $100K.

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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 14 votes.


46 %
54 %

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: 96% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 2%