Account Executive, Advertising Salary

Total annual pay for Advertising Account Executives is approximately $45K, and commissions account for a significant portion of this final number — over a third on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Advertising Account Executives report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,449 - $61,772
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$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,329
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$9.14 - $21.29
(Median)
$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $13.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,449 - $61,772  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,173  
Commission
$1,891 - $51,870  
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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$30,806 - $72,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 606
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $21.29  
   
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,205  
   
Commission
$1,891 - $51,870  
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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$30,806 - $72,733  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 27
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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.

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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 $96K 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 $24K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Senior Account Executives.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Advertising Account Executives report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Sales, Client Interaction, Project Management, and Account Management 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.


Advertising Account Executives with a lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $52K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $43K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $57K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $71K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Advertising Account Executives, working in the bustling city of Los Angeles has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Minneapolis (8 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 105 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%
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