Account Director, Advertising Salary

The majority of Advertising Account Directors in the United States — roughly three in five — boast more than 10 years of experience in their profession. Salaries stretch from $61K to $137K per year, and the median is $87K per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. There are more female Advertising Account Directors who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most Advertising Account Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$59,490 - $123,215
MEDIAN: $87,226

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$59,490 - $123,215  
$0.00 - $19,219  
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$-0.50 - $39,732  
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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).
$60,643 - $137,303  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 185
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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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Advertising Account Directors often transition into a Marketing Director position. Marketing Directors report a slightly lower median income of $80K.

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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.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Director, Advertising

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

For Advertising Account Directors, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $82K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $85K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $95K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $123K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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Experience Affects Account Director, Advertising Salaries

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Skills That Affect Account Director, Advertising Salaries

Account Management
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National Average

Strategic Marketing
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 30 votes.


63 %
37 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%