Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Accountants is around $45K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Accountants varies from $30K to $60K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K each. Geography and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, about one in five claim no health benefits at all. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$33,000 - $59,702
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,704
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$11.71 - $24.28
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$33,000 - $59,702  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Profit Sharing
$19.90 - $4,937  
Commission
$0.00 - $33,935  
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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$30,240 - $60,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 8,017
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.71 - $24.28  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$16.52 - $37.20  
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 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$19.90 - $4,937  
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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$30,240 - $60,157  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,540
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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. With a median salary of $60K, Deloitte & Touche LLP offers Entry-Level Accountants the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $50K and are capped at $66K.

Bringing up the rear, Deloitte's median pay of $52K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 31 percent, Entry-Level Accountants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+24 percent), New York (+17 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+16 percent).

Accountant Advice

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

Accountant in Laurel:
"Be Happy, be open, and grow with the organization..."
Lean on God to guide you. I am successfully happy because he wanted me to do my best at whatever was before me and I choose to follow him. If your boss isn't happy, engage them, find out what to do, and then do it. Pray always, He will guide you through it all. I love that I can give my job 100% of me and then walk away at the end of the day. It is possible, if you find the job where those closest to you are happy people too. That's my secret, I associate with happy people, and try to lift those up around me always. Positive people rub off on those around them. And I seek joy in my life, actively seek joy in my Father in Heaven, and I am blessed because of this....and my other secret...money NEVER, EVER drove my passion to succeed. EVER. I love people. I love to smile. I love a happy heart. If I didn't feel the presence of Joy, I left the job. Simple as that. And my last secret. Don't go into debt for long. Plan to get out ASAP, and live with in your means.

Accountant in American Fork:
"Get an MBA CPA if you want to be an accountant."
Refer to summary. If you are the main or only provider this is no longer an option.

Accountant in Bristol:
"Practical Experience."
Knowing the fundamentals is key but you will find that the practical experience of the world will teach you much more.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Accountant Salaries




Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1675 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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