Account Director Salary

Account Directors in the United States are often veterans in their line of work, with slightly more than half bringing more than 10 years of experience to the table. Salaries slide in at $92K annually on average but can range from $65K to $145K per year. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Account Directors. Ranging between $65K near the bottom and $145K near the top, total earnings can include up to $26K from bonuses and up to $16K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $50K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. Nearly all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Most Account Directors like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$62,144 - $131,747
(Median)
$62K
$92K
$130K
MEDIAN: $92,001
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$14.48 - $71.00
(Median)
$14
$49
$71
MEDIAN: $49.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$62,144 - $131,747  
   
Bonus
$502 - $26,397  
Profit Sharing
$3.14 - $15,781  
Commission
$0.00 - $49,889  
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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$65,314 - $144,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.48 - $71.00  
   
Overtime
$19.80 - $61.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$502 - $26,397  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $49,889  
Profit Sharing
$3.14 - $15,781  
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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$65,314 - $144,734  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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Job Description for Account Director

An account director ensures that clients who have account with their business stay satisfied and current with payments. Account directors manage all existing accounts, taking payments and entering them into their system correctly. They send out bills, process payments, and make sure that their clients' accounts are in order. They also must attract new customers by visiting them in person or talking with them on the telephone. Handling paperwork and analyzing reports about competitors is also important, as are filing monthly inventory reports and ensuring that anything needed for the account is readily available.

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Account Director 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


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As Account Directors transition into upper-level roles such as Marketing VP, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Marketing VPs earn $148K on average per year. A lot of Account Directors advance their careers by becoming Marketing Directors and Advertising Account Directors. However, those positions offer $20K less and $2K less per year on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Account Director


Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide Inc, TMP Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Havas, and GMR Marketing, LLC are top-notch employers for Account Directors in this area. Weber Shandwick attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $98K.

Popular Skills for Account Director


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Business Development, Marketing Communications, Advertising, and Sales are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 9 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Media / Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, and Marketing Management. It is often found that people who know Account Management are also skilled in Strategic Marketing and Customer Relationship Management (CRM).

Pay by Experience Level for Account Director

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


Account Directors with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. The average beginner in this position makes around $74K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $94K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $109K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $120K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Account Directors in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Account Directors can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), Washington (+10 percent), Austin (+8 percent), and Seattle (+4 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Employers in Portland and Philadelphia also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 12 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Account Director Salaries



National Average
$98,000



Skills That Affect Account Director Salaries


Marketing Communications
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Advertising
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Sales
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Account Management
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Strategic Marketing
0%

National Average
$98,000

Client Interaction
up arrow 1%

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
up arrow 2%

Online Marketing
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New Business Development
up arrow 5%


Marketing Management
up arrow 7%

Social Media Marketing
up arrow 9%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 196 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
9%
5-9 years
36%
10-19 years
45%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 6%
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