Advertising Account Directors in the United States with more than 10 years of experience in their profession represent roughly three in five of Advertising Account Directors. Salaries average out to around $90K annually and spread from $56K to $165K per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$55,626 - $159,981
MEDIAN: $89,831

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$55,626 - $159,981  
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$55,840 - $164,864  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 93

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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

  • 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $80K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $83K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $95K in this role. Professionals boasting more than two decades of experience also boast a six-figure median salary of $145K.

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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

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Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 20 votes.


60 %
40 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 14%