A large fraction of take-home pay for Advertising Account Executives comes from commissions — one-third on average, in fact. The median overall income in this field is approximately $49K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction for Advertising Account Executives is high. Advertising Account Executives survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$29,425 - $70,290
(Median)
$29K
$45K
$70K
MEDIAN: $45,189
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$9.19 - $36.49
(Median)
$9
$17
$36
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$29,425 - $70,290  
   
Bonus
$204.26 - $29,361  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
Commission
$3,425 - $76,522  
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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$30,440 - $78,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 250
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$9.19 - $36.49  
   
Overtime
$25.00  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$204.26 - $29,361  
   
Commission
$3,425 - $76,522  
Profit Sharing
$1,750  
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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$30,440 - $78,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 17
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Account Directors. That role pays $97K per year on average. Advertising Account Executives typically move into roles as Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives, and those positions pay $21K more and $15K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Survey results show that Advertising Account Executives use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Account Management, Client Interaction, and Marketing Communications are correlated to pay that is above average. It is often found that people who know Account Management are also skilled in Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $46K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $53K. On average, Advertising Account Executives make $56K following one to two decades on the job. Advertising Account Executives who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,571

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Advertising Account Executives in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Advertising Account Executives can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), San Francisco (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Trailing the national average by 15 percent, Austin is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Minneapolis (11 percent less) and Nashville (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

Project Management
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Marketing Communications
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National Average
$49,000

Sales
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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