A substantial slice of final earnings for Advertising Account Executives (approximately one-third) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $48K. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Advertising Account Executives enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Advertising Account Executives survey participants are largely women, dominating at 67 percent. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,299 - $70,077
$29K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $44,708
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50%
90%

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$9.19 - $36.49
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$17
$36
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,299 - $70,077  
   
Bonus
$102.13 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Commission
$3,394 - $56,673  
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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$30,345 - $78,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $36.49  
   
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
$102.13 - $29,361  
   
Commission
$3,394 - $56,673  
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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$30,345 - $78,432  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 17

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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 not the most common occurrence, Advertising Account Executives sometimes become Account Directors, where the average income is $97K per year. Career advancement for the typical Advertising Account Executive often leads to becoming an Advertising Account Supervisor or a Senior Account Executive; median salaries in these positions are $21K higher and $16K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Advertising Account Executives report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Account Management, Client Interaction, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people who know Account Management also know Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

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


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $46K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $52K. Advertising Account Executives with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $57K. Advertising Account Executives who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $53K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,461

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

Advertising Account Executives will find that Los Angeles offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 16 percent. Advertising Account Executives will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Denver (+12 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Austin, 15 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Nashville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (11 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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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 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




Advertising
0%

Sales
0%

National Average
$48,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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