Account Executive, Advertising Salary (United States)

For Advertising Account Executives, commissions account for a significant portion of income and add up to more than a third of their $44,551 annual pay. Pay begins at $30,801 on the low end and climbs to $68,081 per year near the top. Experience level and geography each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female Advertising Account Executives make up most of the field at 71 percent. The majority of Advertising Account Executives claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies 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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$8.03 - $27.15
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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  
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  
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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Advertising Account Executives' salaries may rise greatly in accordance with career advancement. Those who assume a higher-end position such as an Advertising Account Director may get paid an extra $53K per year. Career advancement for Advertising Account Executives often leads to becoming Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives, where they can earn $25K or $18,914 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising

Survey results suggest that Advertising Account Executives put a wide range of professional skills to use. Sales and Client Interaction are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 16 percent and 9 percent respectively. Most people familiar with Account Management also know 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. After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $42K to $50K. Pay amounts to $55K after 10 to 20 years. Salary increase slows as Advertising Account Executives pass 20 years in their field, with average salaries hovering around $58K. 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 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a solid majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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Home to some of the best pay for Advertising Account Executives, Los Angeles offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Advertising Account Executives can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+12 percent), Atlanta (+8 percent), and Chicago (+1 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 4 percent south of the national average, can be found in Dallas.

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

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$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%