The above answers are correct on sources and statistics but look at a value that the others don’t see. I agree with Mr. Seton, it is how you market yourself and how you prepare. I work in Law Enforcement and their is not much interest in the fitness level as most will say they know all they need to know. But that doesn’t stop me from furthering my education. I have a national Certification in NATA Athletic Training for injury management, prevention and treatment and am building my skill bases with NASM CPT, PES, CES (for strength and conditioning subject matter expertice) and adding a FNS in nutrition. That will market me further than just a single certification. Knowledge of Police and Corrections duties also add to marketing power. My next endeavor is a masters in Psychology which will add credentials to the mental aspect of human behavior.
Pay scale is only one gradiant of value. They are baseline numbers on what the market says they deserve. They don’t identify the underlying cost preventative losses that chronic disease and injury, sick leave and light duty can plague a corporation, agency or private practice. The cost for treatment is in the billions and you can help them reduce that by adding savings to your cliente…the business bottom line.
I say don’t look at directors jobs, look outside the box and create a venue for what you can do for them. This will point you upward and then the skys the limit.
Good Luck and Be Safe!