Account Executive, Advertising Salary

Commissions constitute a big slice (more than a third on average) of overall compensation for Advertising Account Executives, and the median take-home for this group lies near $45K. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$29,472 - $61,860
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$29K
$43K
$62K
MEDIAN: $43,298
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$9.16 - $21.14
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$9
$13
$21
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,472 - $61,860  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,950  
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,173  
Commission
$1,907 - $51,683  
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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$30,762 - $72,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 622
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$9.16 - $21.14  
   
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $14,950  
   
Commission
$1,907 - $51,683  
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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$30,762 - $72,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 28
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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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At the upper end, Advertising Account Executives who move into an Advertising Account Director role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Advertising Account Directors is a much higher $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 $24K 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, 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $43K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $52K. Advertising Account Executives claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $57K. Advertising Account Executives who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $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 will also find cushy salaries in 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. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (8 percent lower) and Minneapolis (2 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$45,000


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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 107 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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