Account Executive, Advertising Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Advertising Account Executives (over a third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $48K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most Advertising Account Executives report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of Advertising Account Executives (67 percent) who took the survey are female. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,023 - $66,209
$29K
$44K
$66K
MEDIAN: $43,617
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$9.03 - $37.10
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$37
MEDIAN: $16.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,023 - $66,209  
   
Bonus
$150.00 - $25,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Commission
$3,523 - $54,631  
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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$30,747 - $75,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 234
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.03 - $37.10  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$150.00 - $25,000  
   
Commission
$3,523 - $54,631  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$30,747 - $75,913  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 15

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Job Description for Account Executive, Advertising

An account executive’s role varies widely across industries. An account executive at an advertising firm is focused on client relations and acquisition. At larger advertising firms, an advertising account executive may hold only one of two roles, acquisition of new clients or maintenance of existing clients; however, at a smaller company, a single executive may perform all functions. The account executive serves as the direct link between the agency and the existing (or potential) client. Thus, strong interpersonal skills are required, since customer service and satisfaction is used to determine the success of an executive. Other job functions may include contract negotiation and interfacing with distributors and media outlets for advertisement placement.

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Account Executive, Advertising Tasks

  • Develop and maintain contact with clients, promote products and services, and coordinating documentation and referrals.
  • Submit and analyze pricing requests, and adhere to standard operating procedures.
  • Participate in meetings, events, and activities for strategy and sales.
  • Achieve individual sales goals, and document client contact and reviews.

Common Career Paths for Account Executive, Advertising


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Though it's uncommon, some Advertising Account Executives move into roles as Account Directors, where pay is an average $97K per year. Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives are common next-step roles for Advertising Account Executives moving up in their careers; annual pay for Advertising Account Supervisors is $22K higher on average, and it's $16K higher for Senior Account Executives.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Survey results imply that Advertising Account Executives put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Client Interaction, Account Management, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Account Management also know Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

Pay by Experience for an Account Executive, Advertising has a positive trend. An entry-level Account Executive, Advertising with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Account Executive, Advertising with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 59 salaries. An experienced Account Executive, Advertising which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 41 salaries. An Account Executive, Advertising with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,141

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

New York offers some of the highest pay in the country for Advertising Account Executives, 17 percent above the national average. Advertising Account Executives can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+15 percent), Denver (+13 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 14 percent south of the national average. Minneapolis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 11 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Account Executive, Advertising Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Account Executive, Advertising?

Account Executive, Advertising in Chico:
"Uncapped commission."
Pros: I like being able to meet business owners and learn more about them and their business. I like being able to personalize an ad campaign according to what works best for them.
Cons: High stress position. Relying on commission sales to have a good sized paycheck.

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Key Stats for Account Executive, Advertising

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

▲18%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$48,000

Advertising
▼1%

Sales
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
no benefits
None: 17%
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