Entry-Level Accountant Salary (United States)

More than three-quarters of Entry-Level Accountants are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $42,347 annually. The final incomes of Entry-Level Accountants vary between $32,094 and $58,720; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses, profit sharing, and commissions as high as $5,031, $4,946, and $11,150, respectively. Location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this profession enjoy health benefits; medical and dental coverage is claimed by most, and about half earn vision coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Entry-Level Accountant Salary (?
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$32,094 - $58,720
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MEDIAN: $43,880
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Entry-Level Accountant Salary (?
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$11.16 - $23.81
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,094 - $58,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,031  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $4,946  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,150  
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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$29,714 - $59,230  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,051
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.16 - $23.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $-0.49  
Overtime
$15.58 - $35.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,031  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,150  
Profit Sharing
$102.13 - $4,946  
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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$29,714 - $59,230  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,255
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant

The biggest paychecks can be found at Deloitte & Touche LLP—the median salary there is $58,438; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with salaries starting at only $37K and climbing to $65K.
EY (Ernst & Young) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $51,540. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $43,664 to $59,632. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include PricewaterhouseCoopers at $53,212, and Deloitte & Touche LLP where $58,438 is the norm.

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National Average
$42,000
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For Entry-Level Accountants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. New York, Chicago, Houston, and Boston also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Accountants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 18 percent, 16 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more, respectively. Trailing the national average by 2 percent, St. Louis is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$42,000
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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 20%
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