Athletic Directors



Athletic directors coordinate and oversee athletic programs at public and private colleges and universities. They manage staff; calculate budgets; negotiate broadcasting and other business contracts; raise funds to meet budget shortfalls; ensure that their programs meet academic-, financial-, and gender-related compliance issues; and serve as the public faces of their institutions' athletic programs by talking with media and fans. Athletic directors may also be called directors of athletics, athletic directors of intercollegiate...

Quick Facts


Median Salary



Employment Prospects



Minimum Education Level

Bachelor's Degree



Internships and part-time jobs



Business Management


Personality Traits



Salaries for college administrators vary widely among two- and four-year colleges and among public and private institutions, but they are generally comparable to those of college faculty. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, in May 2018, the median salary for postsecondary education administrators (which include athletic directors) was $94,340. The lowest paid 10 percent of all administra...

Work Environment

Athletic directors work in a typical business office setting. Athletic directors at large schools have their own offices and large administrative staffs, while directors at small schools may have to share an office and do much of the work associated with this position themselves.

Athletic directors often work more than 40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends. They travel to prof...


The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that overall employment for postsecondary education administrators (a career category that includes athletic directors) will grow faster than the average for all careers through 2028. The total number of athletic directors employed by colleges and universities remains fairly steady. While many colleges and universities may cut athletic budgets, some new opp...