Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Average Entry-Level Accountants make around $45K annually. Cash earnings of Entry-Level Accountants can occasionally include $5K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $30K to almost $60K. 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. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, nearly one in five claim no health benefits at all. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$33,190 - $59,664

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$11.72 - $24.22

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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
$33,190 - $59,664  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,056  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $4,889  
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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$30,300 - $60,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 8,095
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.72 - $24.22  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$16.57 - $37.20  
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 - $5,056  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $33,935  
Profit Sharing
$19.87 - $4,889  
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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$30,300 - $60,049  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,566
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant


PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Cargill are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Accountants. Entry-Level Accountants in search of the best pay head to Deloitte & Touche LLP, where the median salary rolls in at $60K. Although pay is top-notch overall, it does seem to be curbed at $66K, which isn't dramatically higher than the lower-end figure of $49K.

While select Deloitte employees may bring in up to $70K, a median salary of only $52K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Entry-Level Accountants that is 32 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+23 percent), New York (+18 percent), Chicago (+15 percent), and Houston (+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 1634 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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