Account Director, Advertising Salary

Advertising Account Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with just under two-thirds bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $90K per year on average but can range from $54K to $151K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Advertising Account Directors (58 percent) survey respondents. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. For the most part, Advertising Account Directors enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$55,128 - $151,168
$55K
$90K
$150K
MEDIAN: $90,329
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50%
90%

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Salary
$55,128 - $151,168  
   
Bonus
$1,250 - $27,500  
Profit Sharing
$6,500  
Commission
$9,826  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$54,493 - $151,206  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 88
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Job Description for Account Director, Advertising

An advertising account director serves as an intermediary between their organization's clients and the various departments involved in creating advertising products. The account director works to understand what is needed to create a successful advertising campaign for their client, conducting discussions with the client and research into the client’s competition. They help the client understand how the director's company can help them achieve success, and they may conduct some marketing, usually with the help of a marketing or sales department, to gain new accounts and exploring new markets.

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Account Director, Advertising Tasks

  • Develop and manage customer relationships in order to retain existing revenue and attain additional business.
  • Develop department budget.
  • Contact prospective customers by cold calling, premise visits, networking and customer appointments.
  • Approve project timeline and deliverables.
  • Develop sales in the designated target market by identifying new sales opportunities.

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Advertising Account Directors often transition into a Marketing Director position. Marketing Directors report a slightly lower median income of $80K.

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Pay by Experience Level for Account Director, Advertising

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $81K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $85K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Advertising Account Directors make a median salary of $97K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $165K on average.

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Key Stats for Account Director, Advertising

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Late-Career
▲79%

Experienced
▲5%

National Average
$92,000

Mid-Career
▼8%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Account Management
▲2%

National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
11%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
49%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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