Athletic director salary database
To determine the total pay packages of Football Bowl Subdivision athletics directors for their current contract years, USA TODAY Sports — in partnership with Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP — requested all forms of compensation for the athletics directors at public schools. About 20 of the 124 FBS schools are private or are public schools covered under state law exempting them from releasing salary data on athletics directors. Schools that provided contract information were given the opportunity to review their figures.
Any pay the university guaranteed (even if paid by shoe/apparel company or another source) is listed as “school pay.” Anything not guaranteed by the university is listed as “other” pay.
A not available (NA) in the chart denotes schools that are private or did not release the information or schools whose coaches are new and had not filed an outside income report. A $0 means the coach doesn’t get compensation from that source.
EXPLANATIONS OF COMPENSATION CATEGORIES
SCHOOL PAY: Base salary; income from contract provisions other than base salary that are paid, or guaranteed, by the university or affiliated organizations, such as a foundation. Examples include payments in consideration for: shoe and apparel use; television, radio or other media appearances; personal appearances.
It also includes deferred payments earned annually, conditional or otherwise; certain payments based on attendance, ticket revenue or sales; contractual expense accounts (if unaudited) or housing allowance; signing and other one-time bonuses earned in the current contract year; and buyouts paid to an athletics director’s previous employer.
It does not include amounts that may have been earned as annual incentive bonuses in other years, the value of standard university benefits such as health care or the value of potentially taxable items called for in contracts such as cars; country club memberships; game tickets for the regular season, postseason and other sports; the value of stadium suites, travel upgrades or spouse/family travel and game tickets.
Salaries reported do not take into account deductions that have, or may, occur because of state government furlough, or other pay-reduction, actions.
OTHER PAY: Income from sources listed on the athletics director’s most recently available, self-reported athletically related outside income report. … [For more on Athletic director salary database, click here.]