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Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Earnings for Entry-Level Accountants come in at around $44K per year on average. In the world of Entry-Level Accountants, final incomes generally run from $30K to $60K; this includes potential for up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $11K. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Accountants (55 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — approximately one in five lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the larger part receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$32,834 - $59,487
(Median)
$33K
$44K
$59K
MEDIAN: $44,487
10%
50%
90%

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$11.60 - $24.23
(Median)
$12
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
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
$32,834 - $59,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,059  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $4,905  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,335  
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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$30,165 - $60,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 7,641
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
$11.60 - $24.23  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$16.31 - $37.07  
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 - $11,335  
Profit Sharing
$20.43 - $4,905  
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).
)
$30,165 - $60,001  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,384

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant


PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, Deloitte, and Cargill are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Accountants in this area. Although Deloitte & Touche LLP offers the highest salaries (median pay is $60K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $50K to $66K.

Though lagging the field in terms of compensation — Deloitte offers the lowest median salary at $52K — pay within the company still varies considerably between $32K and $72K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Accountants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+19 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Boston (+13 percent).

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"Practical Experience."
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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

Microsoft Office
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Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1805 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%