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How Much Does an Advertising Director Earn In The United States?

Advertising Director Salaries
Updated April 6, 2021
Average Yearly Salary
$87,000
$46,000
$87,000
$164,000
Advertising directors in the United States make an average salary of $87,623 per year or $42.13 per hour. In terms of salary range, an entry level advertising director salary is roughly $46,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $164,000. If you like following the crowd, media and retail companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out manufacturing, media, and retail companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, Washington, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania provide the highest advertising director salaries.
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Where Advertising Directors Earn The Most

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Average Salary

How Much Do Advertising Directors Earn In Different Cities?

While an advertising director can average a salary of $87,623 per year, or $42.13 per hour, there are many opportunities for advertising directors to make more. For example, in New York, NY you might make $122,678 per year. Other high-paying locations include San Francisco, CA, Lombard, IL and Houston, TX. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to New York, NY where the average starting salary is $55,000. The highest paying states for advertising directors include New York, Washington and New Jersey. Meanwhile, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Nebraska offer the lowest salaries.
Location
1. New York, NY
$122,678
Avg. Salary
$31k
$187k
2. San Francisco, CA
$99,842
Avg. Salary
$31k
$187k
3. Lombard, IL
$76,928
Avg. Salary
$31k
$187k
4. Houston, TX
$56,113
Avg. Salary
$31k
$187k
5. Jacksonville, FL
$45,341
Avg. Salary
$31k
$187k

High Paying Advertising Director Jobs

Which Companies Pay Advertising Directors The Most?

If you want to get paid the most as an advertising director, being employed by a company such as Netflix or Global Eagle Entertainment would be a smart choice, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. Additionally, companies like VaynerMedia and Havas Creative also report highly competitive salaries for advertising directors.
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Avg. Salary
$58k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$58k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$58k
$151k
Avg. Salary
$58k
$151k

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Advertising Director Salary History

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    Recently Added Advertising Director Salaries

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    Johnny Foreigner
    Johnny Foreigner
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    New York, NY
    New York, NY
    06/06/2019
    06/06/2019
    $50,000
    $50,000
    06/06/2019
    Sum Digital, Inc.
    Sum Digital, Inc.
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    02/27/2019
    02/27/2019
    $112,278
    $112,278
    02/27/2019
    Sum Digital, Inc.
    Sum Digital, Inc.
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    Director of Paid Social Advertising
    San Francisco, CA
    San Francisco, CA
    02/26/2019
    02/26/2019
    $112,278
    $112,278
    02/26/2019
    Solar Wholesale USA LLC
    Solar Wholesale USA LLC
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    San Marcos, CA
    San Marcos, CA
    03/29/2018
    03/29/2018
    $55,000
    $55,000
    03/29/2018
    Chinese Overseas Marketing Service Corporation
    Chinese Overseas Marketing Service Corporation
    Advertisting Director
    Advertisting Director
    Advertisting Director
    Rosemead, CA
    Rosemead, CA
    03/09/2018
    03/09/2018
    $89,950
    $89,950
    03/09/2018
    Director of Advertising and Sponsorships
    Director of Advertising and Sponsorships
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    12/01/2017
    12/01/2017
    $165,000
    $165,000
    12/01/2017
    Director of Advertising and Sponsorships
    Director of Advertising and Sponsorships
    Los Angeles, CA
    Los Angeles, CA
    12/01/2017
    12/01/2017
    $165,000
    $165,000
    12/01/2017
    Davis Harrison Dion Inc.
    Davis Harrison Dion Inc.
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    Chicago, IL
    Chicago, IL
    08/28/2017
    08/28/2017
    $42,000
    $42,000
    08/28/2017
    Director Advertising and Media
    Director Advertising and Media
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jacksonville, FL
    07/20/2017
    07/20/2017
    $154,000
    $154,000
    07/20/2017
    Solar Wholesale USA LLC
    Solar Wholesale USA LLC
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    Advertising Director
    San Marcos, CA
    San Marcos, CA
    03/30/2017
    03/30/2017
    $55,000
    $55,000
    03/30/2017