Account Executive, Advertising Salary

A substantial slice of final earnings for Advertising Account Executives (nearly two in five) arrives through commissions. Median overall income in this area is approximately $48K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Advertising Account Executives making up 70 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$27,933 - $69,189
$28K
$43K
$69K
MEDIAN: $43,234
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50%
90%

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$9.12 - $33.70
$9
$16
$34
MEDIAN: $16.07
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$0$82K
Salary $27,933 - $69,189
Bonus $198.66 - $27,181
Profit Sharing $1,500
Commission $4,734 - $67,311
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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$30,574 - $82,501
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 242
Hourly Data $0$51
Hourly Rate $9.12 - $33.70
Overtime $25.00
Annual Data $0$82K
Bonus $198.66 - $27,181
Commission $4,734 - $67,311
Profit Sharing $1,500
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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$30,574 - $82,501
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Oct 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 16

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

  • 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.
  • Participate in meetings, events, and activities for strategy and sales.
  • Achieve individual sales goals, and document client contact and reviews.

Common Career Paths for Account Executive, Advertising


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Though it's uncommon, some Advertising Account Executives move into roles as Account Directors, where pay is an average $97K per year. When Advertising Account Executives are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Advertising Account Supervisors or Senior Account Executives. Those roles pay an additional $22K and $16K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Account Executive, Advertising


Advertising Account Executives report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Client Interaction, Account Management, and Advertising are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Account Management also know Advertising.

Pay by Experience Level for Account Executive, Advertising

Pay by Experience for an Account Executive, Advertising has a positive trend. An entry-level Account Executive, Advertising with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 178 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Account Executive, Advertising with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 59 salaries. An experienced Account Executive, Advertising which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $57,000 based on 41 salaries. An Account Executive, Advertising with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 25 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,106

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

Home to some of the best pay for Advertising Account Executives, New York offers exceptional salaries, 18 percent above the national average. Advertising Account Executives will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+16 percent), Denver (+14 percent), San Francisco (+8 percent), and Atlanta (+7 percent). Austin ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Minneapolis and Dallas are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

Account Executive, Advertising Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Account Executive, Advertising?

Account Executive, Advertising in Chico:
"Uncapped commission."
Pros: I like being able to meet business owners and learn more about them and their business. I like being able to personalize an ad campaign according to what works best for them.
Cons: High stress position. Relying on commission sales to have a good sized paycheck.

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Key Stats for Account Executive, Advertising

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Account Executive, Advertising Salaries

▲18%

▲16%

▲4%

National Average
$48,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Account Executive, Advertising Salaries




National Average
$48,000

Advertising
▼1%

Sales
▼1%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 17%