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.
|Salary||$47,888 - $120,827|
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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.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. (Copyright 2017 PayScale.com)
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.
Athletic Director (College/University) Job Listings
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.
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