Account Executive, Advertising Salary

Total annual pay for Advertising Account Executives is approximately $46K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — over a third on average. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little more than half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$29,307 - $61,939

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$9.04 - $21.64

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,307 - $61,939  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,173  
Commission
$1,475 - $52,088  
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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$30,708 - $72,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 591
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.04 - $21.64  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
   
Commission
$1,475 - $52,088  
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,173  
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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$30,708 - $72,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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

  • Participate in meetings, events, and activities for strategy and sales.
  • Achieve individual sales goals, and document client contact and reviews.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Account Executive, Advertising


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Advertising Account Executives who transition into an Advertising Account Director role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $96K per year. Advertising Account Executives moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives. The median paychecks in those roles are $24K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Survey results suggest that Advertising Account Executives use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Client Interaction, Project Management, and Account Management are correlated to pay that is above average. For most people, competency in Account Management indicates knowledge of Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. The average inexperienced worker earns $43K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $52K. On average, Advertising Account Executives make $57K following one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Advertising Account Executives in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Advertising Account Executives can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Austin, which sits 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (8 percent less) and Minneapolis (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 94 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 14%
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