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Account Executive, Advertising Salary

Commissions form a big slice (more than a third) of total compensation for Advertising Account Executives. The median income in this area hovers around $45K. In the world of Advertising Account Executives, total cash compensation can vary between $31K and $71K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $6K, respectively. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Advertising Account Executives report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Advertising Account Executives making up 71 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,335 - $61,704
(Median)
$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,311
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$9.23 - $20.89
(Median)
$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$29,335 - $61,704  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,865  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,002  
Commission
$1,014 - $50,967  
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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$31,407 - $71,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 715
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$9.23 - $20.89  
   
Overtime
$11.50 - $36.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,865  
   
Commission
$1,014 - $50,967  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $6,002  
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).
)
$31,407 - $71,224  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 30

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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Advertising Account Director. The average Advertising Account Director brings home $97K per year. The most common next step for an Advertising Account Executive is to become an Advertising Account Supervisor or a Senior Account Executive. The former position pays an additional $25K per year on average, and the latter position pays $18K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Advertising Account Executives seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Client Interaction, Account Management, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 15 percent. Most people familiar with 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.


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Advertising Account Executives. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $43K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $52K on average. Advertising Account Executives see a median salary of $57K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $69K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Advertising Account Executives that is 15 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Advertising Account Executives will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), Atlanta (+10 percent), and Milwaukee (+3 percent). Austin is the lowest-paying area, 8 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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National Average
$45,000

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 55% employee benefits None: 13%