Account Director, Advertising Salary

With about three in five of Advertising Account Directors in the United States reporting more than 10 years of experience in the field, this area is heavily weighted toward experienced professionals. Pay ranges from $54K to $150K per year and averages out to $91K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The majority of Advertising Account Directors (63 percent) who took the survey are female. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Advertising Account Directors. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$55,322 - $149,775
$55K
$91K
$150K
MEDIAN: $91,074
10%
50%
90%

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$12.50 - $32.50
$17
MEDIAN: $17.00
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,322 - $149,775  
   
Bonus
$1,454 - $25,760  
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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$53,860 - $150,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 90
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$17.00  
   
Overtime
$25.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$1,454 - $25,760  
   
Commission
$9,826  
Profit Sharing
$6,500  
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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$53,860 - $150,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 5

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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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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 $80K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Account Director, Advertising

Pay by Experience for an Account Director, Advertising has a positive trend. An entry-level Account Director, Advertising with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 23 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Account Director, Advertising with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $85,000 based on 45 salaries. An experienced Account Director, Advertising which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $97,000 based on 50 salaries. An Account Director, Advertising with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $165,000 based on 13 salaries.

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Key Stats for Account Director, Advertising

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
13%
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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
▲1%

National Average
$92,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 17 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
13%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 18%
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