Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Entry-Level Accountants take home approximately $45K annually on average. In the world of Entry-Level Accountants, final incomes generally run from $31K to $61K; this includes potential for up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $35K. The company is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Although roughly a fifth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Accountants (55 percent) survey respondents. For the most part, Entry-Level Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$33,584 - $60,176
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,254
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$11.89 - $24.57
(Median)
$12
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,584 - $60,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$9.00 - $5,009  
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
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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$30,559 - $60,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9,355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $24.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.05 - $37.33  
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
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
Profit Sharing
$9.00 - $5,009  
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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$30,559 - $60,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,950
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EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cargill, KPMG, LLP, and Deloitte are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Accountants in this area. Entry-Level Accountants in search of the best pay head to Cargill, where the median salary rolls in at $59K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $64K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $45K. Other big spenders include Deloitte & Touche LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Accountants see paychecks nearing $58K, $56K, or $56K.

Bkd, Llp offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $44K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $34K to $65K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include General Electric Co (GE) at $50K, and Deloitte where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Accountants there earn up to $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,968

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Surpassing the national average by 30 percent, Entry-Level Accountants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent).

Accountant Advice

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?

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Skills That Affect Accountant Salaries



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Microsoft Excel
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1688 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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