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Account Director, Advertising Salary

Advertising Account Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with about three in five bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $89K annually on average but can range from $63K to $136K per year. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and most earn dental coverage. Advertising Account Directors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 60 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$60,815 - $126,772
MEDIAN: $88,670

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$60,815 - $126,772  
$0.00 - $19,507  
Profit Sharing
$2,035 - $6,000  
$-0.50 - $39,732  
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).
$62,769 - $136,063  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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 move into Marketing Director roles. Marketing Directors seem to make a little less than Advertising Account Directors as their salaries average out to $79K a year.

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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.

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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

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 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: 93% dental benefits Dental: 86%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 5%