Account Executive, Advertising Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, 60 percent of Advertising Account Executives have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $44,551 per year. Compensation generally starts at $30,801 and does not exceed $68,081 per year. With some bonuses running north of $12,008, profit sharing proceeds occasionally surpassing $5,701, and select commissions of $45K, total income for Advertising Account Executives can range between from $28,883 to $59,947 according to individual performance. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Most Advertising Account Executives are women (71 percent). Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Advertising Account Executives. This outline is based on answers to PayScale's salary survey.
Account Executive, Advertising Salary (?
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$28,883 - $59,947
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Account Executive, Advertising Salary (?
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$28,883 - $59,947  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,008  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $5,701  
Commission
$1,891 - $44,703  
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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$30,801 - $68,081  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,035
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$8.03 - $27.15  
   
Overtime
$0.14 - $45.46  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $12,008  
   
Commission
$1,891 - $44,703  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $5,701  
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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$30,801 - $68,081  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 49
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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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Additional career progression can lead to a hefty increase in pay for Advertising Account Executives. At the upper end, those who move into an Advertising Account Director role can bring in an extra $53K per year. Advertising Account Executives can earn $25K or $18,914 more per year when they move into roles as Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives, a common transition for those in the field.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising

Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Sales and Client Interaction are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 9 percent respectively. Most people skilled in Account Management are similarly competent in Client Interaction.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Advertising Account Executives, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. Workers new to the field can expect to earn $42K, increasing to $50K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $55K. Salaries tend to grow less rapidly after achieving 20 years of experience, with more senior Advertising Account Executives earning an average of $58K per year. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 12 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$45,000
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Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Advertising Account Executives in Los Angeles receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Chicago, where Advertising Account Executives typically earn around 14 percent, 12 percent, 8 percent, and 1 percent more than usual. Dallas is the lowest-paying area, 4 percent south of the national average.

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

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$45,000

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 286 votes.

Gender

Female
71%
female alumni
 
Male
29%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 13%
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