Account Director, Advertising Salary

Advertising Account Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent close to three-fifths of Advertising Account Directors. Salaries average out to around $87K annually and spread from $61K to $137K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women account for the majority of Advertising Account Directors who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$59,490 - $123,215
MEDIAN: $87,226

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$59,490 - $123,215  
$0.00 - $19,219  
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$-0.50 - $39,732  
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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).
$60,643 - $137,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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 transition into upper-level roles like Marketing Director. However, Marketing Directors do report a slightly lower median income of $80K per year.

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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 with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $82K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $85K. Advertising Account Directors bring in $95K after working for 10 to 20 years. Veteran professionals who boast more than 20 years of relevant experience enjoy plum median salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $123K.

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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

Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%