Salaries

Senior AE looking at possibility of moving from London to New York. Two years media experience, no degree, 22 years old. What would be the starting salary? What are the best agencies?

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon
works at

Don’t tell anyone your age. And keep in mind that Americans love english accents so that is a plus

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Senior AE that's younger than the interns?

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Irish works too, most won’t know the difference tbh 😂 Don’t if the lack of degree is a problem for account folks but it hasn’t been for me

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Irish accent even better? Do you think the lack of degree will be a cause for concern?

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

@Edelman1 agreed. I'm pretty good at interviews and I'm confident in the work that I've produced and the client I work across being an impressive name. I've a good story to excuse my lack of degree which I had to use here as I believe im the only AE hired without a degree ever, I just wanted to make sure it wouldn't be an even bigger deal in the states than here.

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

If you're currently at a WPP agency, I would also look into the possability at transferring to another agency in NY in the WPP network. It might make the transition to NY a lot easier (as a backup option). I would assume you would transfer at AE/SAE level so I'm guessing you're looking at a salary range somewhere between $50k & $60k.

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Don’t know about the salary but getting a visa can be quite complicated. Best agencies I think are w+k, anomaly and bbdo

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

I would expect your salary to be around $50-60K for an AE-SAE role

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Stranger things have happened, but in account management, degrees are really important. I have not worked with anyone without a degree, especially not anyone as young as you. Not trying to discourage, but you may have those two things against you in a larger agency.

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Would the two years at a top WPP Media Agency with a promotion be enough to put the mind to rest about the lack of degree?

Reaction Icon Like
like
Arrow Icon

Correct. I started as an AE at 20 much to the dismay of many people. I'm to be promoted to AM by end of year but have no interest in remaining at my agency or in London.

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

Appreciate the info!

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

@OP, I’d make your foundational talking points about your work and what you’ve accomplished, etc. Many people work at big agencies and get promotions; im more interested in individual experience, etc, and how that might benefit my team. does that help?

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

My main worries are if there are differences in levelling, which the first reply added fuel to. I recognise I am very young and I'm keen to work out what position I would be starting at if I made the move.

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

Visa isn't a concern, my wife is American.

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

@OP, as a hiring manager I won’t lie, I’d be concerned about lack of degree but my concerns could be put to rest if the candidate came in with really strong experience, strong references and good chemistry with the interviewing team. I imagine recruiters might consider a degree a requirement, so make sure you network and reach out for informational interviews with folks who might have tangential connections with to get referrals and your foot in the door

Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

Related Posts

What would happen if someone was interviewing for a role and accidentally passed gas, but otherwise crushed the interview? Has anyone experienced this before? No clue what I’d do as the interviewer

likefunny
Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

*weekly post complaining about hiring discrimination against males*

likefunny
Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

Delta Platinum members, what bonus do you choose? Very likely gifting Silver Status to my spouse.

like
Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

I got a new role in Ohio. My SO is freaking out about the bedbug crisis there. Any tips of how to protect against bedbugs?

like
Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

If anyone wants to join a boutique HR & Talent Advisory consulting firm, Kincentric is hiring for an Associate Partner role! Location doesn’t really matter, but preferably in IL, NY, or ATL.

like
Reaction Icon Like
Arrow Icon

Download the app for more exclusive discussions.