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Account Director, Advertising Salary

The majority of Advertising Account Directors in the United States — about three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $63K to $137K per year, and the median is $89K per year. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a large number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Advertising Account Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (61 percent) are women. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$60,990 - $128,179
MEDIAN: $89,335

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$60,990 - $128,179  
$0.00 - $17,517  
Profit Sharing
$3,500 - $8,000  
$-0.50 - $39,732  
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).
$63,055 - $136,991  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287

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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.


Account Director, Advertising Tasks

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

Common Career Paths for Account Director, Advertising

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Many Advertising Account Directors move into Marketing Director roles. Marketing Directors seem to make a little less than Advertising Account Directors as their salaries average out to $79K a year.

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Advertising Account Directors who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Account Management and Strategic Marketing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Strategic Marketing.

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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Account Management
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.


61 %
39 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 7%