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Highest paid athletic directors 2024: Texas, Ohio State, Tennessee ADs among top salaries

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Who is the highest-paid athletic director? Salaries for college football and basketball coaches have exploded in recent years, with many of them making more than $10 million per year. While none of the highest paid athletic directors don’t make that much, they still have massive salaries.

Importantly, many salaries for the highest-paid athletic directors aren’t known. For some schools, compensation doesn’t have to be reported because they are private institutions (University of Southern California, Notre Dame), while other salaries haven’t been reported for a few years. Here, we are compiling the top salaries we could find disclosed by universities or uncovered by reporters. We’ve excluded deferred payments and contract incentives, which a majority of ADs have.

Here are the 12 highest paid athletic directors in 2024.

Warde Manuel, University of Michigan athletic director- $1.227 million salary

highest paid athletic directors, Warde Manuel
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Josh Brooks, University of Georgia athletic director – $1.275 million salary

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Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech University athletic director – $1.64 million salary

Highest paid athletic directors, Kirby Hocutt
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Hunter Yurachek, University of Arkansas athletic director – $1.5 million salary

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Josh Whittman, University of Illinois athletic director – $1.5 million salary

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Scott Stricklin, University of Florida athletic director – $1.725 million salary

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Scott Woodward, LSU athletic director – $1.85 million salary

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Trev Alberts, Texas A&M University – $2 million salary

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Ross Bjork, Ohio State University athletic director – $2 million salary

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Danny White, University of Tennessee athletic director – $2.2 million salary

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Greg Byrne, University of Alabama athletic director – $2.31 million salary

Highest paid athletic directors, Greg Byrne
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Chris Del Conte, University of Texas athletic director- $2.85 million salary

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