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Accountant Salary (United States)

An Accountant earns an average salary of $46,164 per year. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. A skill in Financial Analysis is associated with high pay for this job.
Accountant Salary (?
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$34,065 - $63,850
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MEDIAN: $46,164
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Accountant Salary (?
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$12.15 - $26.83
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$34,065 - $63,850  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,164  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,958  
Commission
$-0.49 - $96,958  
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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$31,032 - $64,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 12,101
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $26.83  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.65  
Overtime
$16.51 - $37.61  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,164  
   
Commission
$-0.49 - $96,958  
Profit Sharing
$290.87 - $5,958  
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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$31,032 - $64,760  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 4,092
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Job Description for Accountant

An accountant will spend most of the time within an office setting. Standard working hours are first shift Monday-Friday. In order to meet the requirements of becoming an accountant, one must posses certain qualities. A sense of organization is strongly needed, as there are many records within the company that the accountant must keep track of. Records will include but may not be limited to: liabilities, assets, tax liabilities, profit and loss, and any of the organization's other financial activities. The accountant will also be responsible for preparing the financial reports by reviewing and analyzing the financial data received from the company. Management will also require the accountant to generate and interpret financial records. In addition to preparing reports and maintaining records, the accountant will also be in charge of maintaining the general ledger. Holding a Bachelor's or Master's degree in accounting is typically required for this position. The majority of this job revolves around the use of numbers and computations, and much of the work will be done on a computer. The accountant will often times have to talk to upper management, and it will be necessary to not only have written, but verbal communication skills as well. This position can be mentally stressful at times, but an accountant must be willing to pay attention to detail each and every day. The accountant will be trusted with the financial data of the company and will be required to examine the data to make sure that all financial records are accurate.
Accountant Tasks
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.

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Pay Difference By Location

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Experience Affects Accountant Salaries

National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Accountant Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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National Average
$45,000
Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
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Quickbooks
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Accounts Payable
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
66%
female alumni
 
Male
34%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 22%