Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

The average College Athletic Director in the United States earns approximately $74K annually. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Male College Athletic Directors are far more common among survey respondents than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, College Athletic Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$49,781 - $119,097
$50K
$74K
$120K
MEDIAN: $74,004
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Salary $49,781 - $119,097
Bonus $7,250
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$49,870 - $118,767
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 40

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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

  • 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)

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
26 %
Male
74 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 5 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%
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Experience Affects Athletic Director (College/University) Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

Experienced
▲14%

National Average
$74,000

Mid-Career
▼7%

Entry-Level
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
26 %
Male
74 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
17%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
39%
20 years or more
27%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 100%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
no benefits
None:
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