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Entry-Level Accountant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Accountants pull down an average of $44K annually. Overall cash earnings of Entry-Level Accountants stretch from $30K near the bottom to $60K on the more lucrative end; these packages can sometimes encompass potential bonuses and profit sharing of almost $5K each, along with commissions approaching $11K in rare cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the larger part. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Most Entry-Level Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Entry-Level Accountant Salary (?
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$32,441 - $59,122
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MEDIAN: $44,176
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Entry-Level Accountant Salary (?
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$11.50 - $24.03
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,441 - $59,122  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,851  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,335  
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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$29,983 - $59,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 7,329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.50 - $24.03  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $0.00  
Overtime
$15.94 - $36.43  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,045  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,335  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,851  
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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$29,983 - $59,655  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,312
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant

Entry-Level Accountants flock to Cargill for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $59K lead the pack in compensation.
The pay scale is far from balanced at PricewaterhouseCoopers. While salaries on one end can reach $69K, the company's median pay sits at $53K, the lowest in the field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$43,000
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For Entry-Level Accountants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 28 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+19 percent), Chicago (+17 percent), Houston (+15 percent), and Boston (+15 percent). 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

Financial Applications
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Budget Management
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$43,000
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 1904 votes.

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%