Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Entry-Level Accountants take home approximately $45K annually on average. Incomes of Entry-Level Accountants depend heavily on individual performance. In exceptional cases, bonuses and profit sharing can bring in $5K each, and a few high-rollers can pull down as much as $34K in commissions; this causes total packages to range between $30K and $60K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Accountants. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. While close to one-fifth report receiving no health benefits, a strong majority do receive medical coverage, and the larger part have dental, as well. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,059 - $59,687
(Median)
$33K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $44,718
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90%

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$11.71 - $24.27
(Median)
$12
$17
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$33,059 - $59,687  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Profit Sharing
$19.93 - $4,934  
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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$30,252 - $60,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 8,046
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
$11.71 - $24.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$16.52 - $37.12  
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
$19.93 - $4,934  
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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$30,252 - $60,137  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,546
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant


Entry-Level Accountants fill the offices of leading firms PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte, and Cargill. Salary cannot be beat at Deloitte & Touche LLP, where median pay comes to $60K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $50K, and the higher end is not far away at $66K.

Although Deloitte hands out the lowest average salary in town at $52K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $33K or as much as $70K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Accountants, 31 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+24 percent), New York (+17 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and Chicago (+15 percent).

Accountant Advice

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

Accountant in High Point:
"Find out about top pay with the company to agree to work for."
Hours during tax season, 401 k plan, sick pay or not. Get whatever you can out of the interview.

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 1659 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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