Entry-Level Accountant Salary (United States)

Over four-fifths of Entry-Level Accountants report fewer than five years in the field, making for a fairly junior workforce. The group as a whole takes home roughly $42,347 per year on average. The range in cash compensation to Entry-Level Accountants (largely between $29,714 and $59,230) includes potential earnings of $5,031 from bonuses, $4,946 from profit sharing, and commissions of $11,150 in exceptional cases. Residency and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. For the most part, Entry-Level Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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 (?
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$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  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,255
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Although Deloitte & Touche LLP boasts the highest average salary in town at $58,438, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $37K or as much as $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. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are PricewaterhouseCoopers ($53,212) and Deloitte & Touche LLP ($58,438).

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National Average
$42,000
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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Entry-Level Accountants, 28 percent higher than the national average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like New York, Chicago, Houston, and Boston, top-paying markets where Entry-Level Accountants rake in more than the national norm (+18 percent, +16 percent, +16 percent, and +13 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 2 percent.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Accountant Salaries

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$42,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
55%
female alumni
 
Male
45%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

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