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Entry-Level Accountant Salary

For Entry-Level Accountants, yearly average wages total $45K annually. Overall cash earnings of Entry-Level Accountants stretch from $30K near the bottom to $60K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $5K each, along with commissions approaching $23K in rare cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one in five lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$32,904 - $59,541
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,582
10%
50%
90%

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$11.65 - $24.18
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,904 - $59,541  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $4,932  
Commission
$0.00 - $23,000  
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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$30,197 - $60,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,756
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.65 - $24.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$16.34 - $37.05  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $23,000  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $4,932  
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).
)
$30,197 - $60,017  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,447

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Accountants include PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte, and Cargill. Although the highest salaries can be found at Deloitte & Touche LLP where median pay is $60K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $50K and $66K.

Deloitte offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $52K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $33K and $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Accountants, 31 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Boston (+12 percent).

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Accountant Salaries





Financial Applications
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$43,000

Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1760 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%
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