Average Athletic Director (College/University) Salary

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The average salary for an Athletic Director (College/University) is $77,419.
MEDIAN $77,419
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$51k - $133k

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Job Description for Athletic Director (College/University)

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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Popular Skills for Athletic Director (College/University)

Skills in Budget Management, Leadership and Operations Management are correlated to pay that is above average.

Pay by Experience Level for Athletic Director (College/University)

An early career Athletic Director (College/University) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $64,857 based on 15 salaries. A mid-career Athletic Director (College/University) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $77,670 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Athletic Director (College/University) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 32 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $99,385.
Employees with Athletic Director (College/University) in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 49.0% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Florida, Florida (13.0% more) and Tulsa, Oklahoma (5.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Manchester, New Hampshire (2.7% less).

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