Account Director, Advertising Salary

With just below three-fifths 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 $62K to $135K per year and averages out to $89K annually. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Advertising Account Directors. The majority of Advertising Account Directors (64 percent) who took the survey are female. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$60,707 - $123,633
(Median)
$61K
$89K
$120K
MEDIAN: $88,796
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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.
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Salary
$60,707 - $123,633  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,114  
Profit Sharing
$5,000 - $6,500  
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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$62,369 - $134,712  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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

  • 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 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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Survey takers who work as Advertising Account Directors usually report a few specific 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

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$93,000

Mid-Career
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Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Account Management
up arrow 14%

National Average
$93,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
50%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 85%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 6%
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