Senior Account Executive Salary

The median total income of Senior Account Executives is around $70K, and for the average worker in this area, a good chunk of that (over a third, in fact) comes from commissions. Cash earnings for Senior Account Executives — including $41K in bonuses and $25K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $47K to $135K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the specific employer, followed by career length and geography. Job satisfaction for Senior Account Executives is high. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,325 - $109,440
$44K
$64K
$110K
MEDIAN: $64,488
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$10.96 - $41.22
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MEDIAN: $19.93
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,325 - $109,440  
   
Bonus
$521 - $41,188  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $25,000  
Commission
$2,946 - $72,305  
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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$47,303 - $134,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,526
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$10.96 - $41.22  
   
Overtime
$11.63 - $77.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$521 - $41,188  
   
Commission
$2,946 - $72,305  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $25,000  
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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$47,303 - $134,749  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 47

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Job Description for Senior Account Executive

Senior account executives are typically responsible for sales and marketing projects. They are expected to achieve sales targets by acquiring new clients or accounts, as well as identify opportunities for marketing to prospective clients. Senior account executives also develop proposals for new clients and oversee the process of establishing new contracts.

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Senior Account Executive Tasks

  • Contact prospective customers to develop new business opportunities.
  • Research trends in the industry that impact your customer base.
  • Lead account team to insure customer satisfaction.
  • Develop and implement sales plans for customer accounts.

Common Career Paths for Senior Account Executive


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Senior Account Executives may progress into high-paying roles like Marketing VP, where median compensation is $149K annually. An Account Director role is the most common promotion for Senior Account Executives moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $97K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Account Executives is an Account Supervisor position, where earnings are usually $68K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Account Executive


Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, Weber Shandwick, Edelman Worldwide, CenturyLink, and Edelman Public Relations Company are all popular places to work. Senior Account Executives flock to The Travelers Companies, Inc. for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $109K lead the pack in compensation. CenturyLink, Windstream Communications, Inc., and Edelman Worldwide are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Senior Account Executives earning around $99K, $89K, or $56K at each firm, respectively.

Salaries are easily beat at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, where median pay comes to just $52K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $38K and ending at $65K, range in salary is rather small. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Weber Shandwick ($53K), Edelman Public Relations Company ($55K), and Edelman Worldwide ($56K).

Popular Skills for Senior Account Executive


Senior Account Executives seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Technical Sales, Strategic Sales, and Field Sales are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 46 percent, 38 percent, and 27 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Social Media Marketing, Media / Public Relations, and Marketing Communications. Those familiar with Account Management also tend to know Business Development and Account Sales.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Account Executive

Pay by Experience for a Senior Account Executive has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Account Executive with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 580 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Account Executive with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $68,000 based on 547 salaries. An experienced Senior Account Executive which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $87,000 based on 491 salaries. A Senior Account Executive with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $105,000 based on 258 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,060

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Account Executives, 20 percent higher than the national average. Senior Account Executives can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Philadelphia (+9 percent), Boston (+5 percent), and Austin (+4 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Washington is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Workers in Cleveland and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (9 percent less and 6 percent less, respectively).

Senior Account Executive Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Senior Account Executive?

Senior Account Executive in Charleston:
"Tough Work, Learn To Deal With Rejection."
Pros: I get to work big deals for a growing SaaS company. I make meaningful impact with a unique technology.
Cons: Lots of change, produce or lose your job. Be the best or other will be.

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Key Stats for Senior Account Executive

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%
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Experience Affects Senior Account Executive Salaries

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▲25%

National Average
$70,000

▼3%

▼16%

Skills That Affect Senior Account Executive Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 214 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
no benefits
None: 8%
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