Earnings for Entry-Level Accountants come in at around $47K per year on average. Total incomes of Entry-Level Accountants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $6K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $31K and $62K. The company and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by the larger part. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$34,767 - $61,494
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$35K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,732
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$12.29 - $24.66
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$34,767 - $61,494  
   
Bonus
$96.88 - $5,874  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,302  
Commission
$2,650  
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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$31,172 - $61,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6,405
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.29 - $24.66  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.73  
Overtime
$18.19 - $37.80  
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
$96.88 - $5,874  
   
Commission
$2,650  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,302  
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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$31,172 - $61,624  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,135
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EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and General Electric Co (GE) are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Accountants in this area. PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the largest salaries in town ($63K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $41K to $82K. Entry-Level Accountants will also find cushy salaries at Cargill (+$59K), Deloitte & Touche LLP (+$58K), and EY (Ernst & Young) (+$57K).

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at Bkd, Llp ($44K), CBRE Group ($47K), and SYSCO Corporation ($49K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,131

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Accountants, 31 percent higher than the national average. Entry-Level Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Houston (+16 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Boston (+12 percent).

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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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 998 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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