Entry-Level Accountants pull down an average of $47K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Accountants varies from $31K to $62K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K each. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Health benefits are not claimed by all — just over one in five lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$34,904 - $61,839
$35K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $46,966
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$12.19 - $24.63
$12
$18
$25
MEDIAN: $17.54
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,904 - $61,839  
   
Bonus
$50.13 - $5,914  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,101  
Commission
$150.00  
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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$31,214 - $61,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,396
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $24.63  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.73  
Overtime
$18.06 - $37.70  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$50.13 - $5,914  
   
Commission
$150.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,101  
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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$31,214 - $61,846  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,189

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EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, General Electric Co (GE), KPMG, LLP, and Deloitte & Touche LLP are all popular places to work. Although PricewaterhouseCoopers boasts the highest average salary in town at $64K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $41K or as much as $82K. Cargill, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young) are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Accountants earning around $60K, $58K, or $57K at each firm, respectively.

Bkd, Llp, CBRE Group, and SYSCO Corporation are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($44K, $47K, and $49K respectively).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,245

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

For Entry-Level Accountants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), and Chicago (+12 percent).

Accountant Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Accountant in St. Louis:
"Best Practices."
Learn systems at detail level. Watch others closely without comment. Study interaction with executives and management. Keep up to date with accounting and finance practices. Obtain advanced degree(s)

Accountant in Mesa:
"Accounting is not boring."
I started in A/R as a processor and thought accounting was the most boring job. It turned out that I just needed more responsibility and projects. Start looking at the big picture and it will allow you to not only do your job but think ahead to help find solutions before a problem arises.

Accountant in Delhi:
"I can work independently and co-operate the colleague."
Seeking a position to utilize my skill and abilities in the Industry through hard work and dedication and contribute my best towards the growth of the organization.

Accountant in Waterloo:
"Technology?"
Ask questions as to how advanced they are in today's technology. Do the still hand-write payables? Are manual records kept, along with computerized? Are documents mailed, faxed, or emailed?

Accountant in Lynden:
"How current the technology being used."
Are there progress reviews with possible promotions? Technology plan? Cross training opportunities?

Accountant in Greenville:
"Better working conditions."
Treat the people like they are on the same level as you are. Don't talk down to them.

Accountant in Los Angeles:
"Stress level, deadlines, upward mobility and raise increases."
Stay current with up to date accounting practices continue to take classes within your field. Be creative with ways to make job procedures more efficient.

Key Stats for Accountant

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 982 votes.
072
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Accountant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 982 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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