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Entry-Level Accountant Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Accountants can expect to earn an average of $44K per year. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Accountants — including $5K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds and $11K in commissions at the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $30K to approximately $59K depending on individual performance. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A fair portion enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. Women Entry-Level Accountants just slightly outnumber men. Most Entry-Level Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to 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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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Accountant

Deloitte & Touche LLP does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $58K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $37K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $65K.
EY (Ernst & Young) doles out the lowest salaries in town — median pay is $52K — not to mention workers can only make as much as $60K and scope of pay is rather limited. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale is PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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National Average
$42,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Entry-Level Accountants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 28 percent above the national average. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include New York, Chicago, Houston, and Boston, where Entry-Level Accountants typically earn around 18 percent, 16 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent more than usual. Falling short of the national average by 2 percent, the area with the worst salaries is St. Louis.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Accountant Salaries

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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$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%