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Account Director, Advertising Salary (United States)

The majority of Advertising Account Directors in the United States — close to three-fifths — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $62K to $137K per year, and the median is $89K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. The majority of Advertising Account Directors (60 percent) who took the survey are women. Most Advertising Account Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Account Director, Advertising Salary (?
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$60,563 - $126,472
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MEDIAN: $88,736
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National Salary Data

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$60,563 - $126,472  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,273  
Profit Sharing
$2,000 - $8,000  
Commission
$-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).
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$62,289 - $136,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 334
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Job Description for Account Director, Advertising

  • 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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Advertising Account Directors may experience a cut in pay as they move up the career ladder. It is not unusual for Advertising Account Directors to take an upper-level role like Marketing Director. On average, Marketing Directors make $79K a year.

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Pay Difference By Location

New York
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$92,000
Chicago
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For Advertising Account Directors, New York provides a pay rate that is 15 percent greater than the national average. Advertising Account Directors will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+6 percent). In Chicago, salaries are 2 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Late-Career
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$92,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
4%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
51%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%