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Athletic directors oversee all sports activities, programs and functions at a school. Division 2 athletic directors work at Division 2 colleges and oversee college athletics programs. They typically have a staff of coaches and other personnel in charge of specific programs within the overall athletic program, such as football or basketball. Salaries for athletic directors vary, but according to the State University website, those at Division 2 colleges and other college level athletic directors earn more than those at the high school or junior high level.
Basic Salary Information
According to State University, the median salary for athletic directors is $77,740. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, or BLS, includes salary information for athletic directors in its overall analysis of education administrators. The median salary for education administrators at post-secondary schools in 2010 was $83,710. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned $47,130 or less, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned $164,540 or more. The middle 50 percent earned between $61,440 and $117,040.
The BLS also lists hourly rates for education administrators, which includes athletic directors. According to the BLS, the median hourly wage for an education administrator at a post-secondary school was $40.24. The lowest-paid 10 percent earned $22.66 or less, while the highest-paid 10 percent earned $79.11 or more. The middle 50 percent earned between $29.54 and $56.27.
Salaries for athletic directors and education administrators in general vary by state. According to the BLS, New Jersey had the highest-paid educational administrators at post-secondary schools in 2010, with mean annual salaries of $119,170. Hawaii educational administrators at post-secondary schools were also well-compensated, with mean annual salaries of $112,910. Those in Michigan earned mean salaries of $107,360, those in North Carolina earned mean salaries of $89,450 and those in California earned mean salaries of $101,850.
The job outlook for athletic directors and education administrators in general is decent. The BLS expects an eight percent increase in job opportunities for education administrators in general between 2008 and 2018. However, the job growth rate for education administrators at post-secondary schools is only expected to be two percent during the same decade.
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