Account Director, Advertising Salary

Advertising Account Directors who are practiced in their profession and carry more than 10 years of experience make up just under three-fifths of Advertising Account Directors. Pay fluctuates from $62K to $136K per year, but expected earnings average $88K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Advertising Account Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Female Advertising Account Directors are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (64 percent) are women. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$60,549 - $122,028
MEDIAN: $88,430

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$60,549 - $122,028  
$0.00 - $17,517  
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$-0.50 - $39,732  
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$62,094 - $136,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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.

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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 $79K per year.

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Typical Advertising Account Directors report a focused set of job skills. Account Management and Strategic Marketing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Strategic Marketing.

Pay by Experience Level for

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Advertising Account Directors with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience report a median income of $84K, and earnings aren't much higher for respondents who have five to 10 years under their belts; respondents in the latter group report a median of just $87K. Advertising Account Directors with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $96K. Veterans who boast more than two decades of experience make around $125K on average — an ample six-figure paycheck.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.


64 %
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%