Account Director, Advertising Salary

Advertising Account Directors in the United States tend to have a good amount of experience under their belt — just below two-thirds have more than 10 years in the field. While pay runs from $56K to $151K per year, median earnings come to $89K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. More than half of Advertising Account Directors (63 percent) survey participants are women. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$55,421 - $149,163
$55K
$89K
$150K
MEDIAN: $89,483
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Salary
$55,421 - $149,163  
   
Bonus
$1,490 - $25,168  
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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$55,639 - $150,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 91

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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 who take on a higher-level position such as Marketing Director may get paid a little bit less in that new role, as Marketing Directors on average bring home $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.


Advertising Account Directors who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Advertising Account Directors in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $81K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $84K. On average, Advertising Account Directors make $96K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $165K.

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Key Stats for Account Director, Advertising

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.
1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
14%
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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Late-Career
▲79%

Experienced
▲4%

National Average
$92,000

Mid-Career
▼9%

Entry-Level
▼12%

Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Account Management
▲5%

National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 21 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
10%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
48%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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