Entry-Level Accountant Salary

An average Entry-Level Accountant can expect to take home roughly $45K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Accountants, final incomes generally run from $31K to $61K; this includes potential for up to $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing, with a few high performers earning commissions of $35K. The particular firm is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. For the most part, Entry-Level Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Although around one in five lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$33,584 - $60,176
(Median)
$34K
$45K
$60K
MEDIAN: $45,254
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$11.89 - $24.57
(Median)
$12
$17
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$33,584 - $60,176  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,068  
Profit Sharing
$9.00 - $5,009  
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
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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$30,559 - $60,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 9,355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$11.89 - $24.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$17.05 - $37.33  
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
$0.00 - $5,068  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $34,521  
Profit Sharing
$9.00 - $5,009  
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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$30,559 - $60,584  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,950
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Entry-Level Accountants flock to EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Cargill, KPMG, LLP, and Deloitte, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Pay for Entry-Level Accountants is best at Cargill, which offers a median salary of $59K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $45K to $64K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider Deloitte & Touche LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Accountants rake in a respectable $58K, $56K, or $56K, respectively.

With a median salary of only $44K, Bkd, Llp pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $34K to $65K isn't that wide, either. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include General Electric Co (GE) at $50K, and Deloitte where $52K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Accountants there earn up to $70K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $43,968

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Accountants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 30 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Chicago (+14 percent), and Seattle (+12 percent).

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What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Accountant in Lynden:
"How current the technology being used."
Are there progress reviews with possible promotions? Technology plan? Cross training opportunities?

Accountant in Greenville:
"Better working conditions."
Treat the people like they are on the same level as you are. Don't talk down to them.

Accountant in Los Angeles:
"Stress level, deadlines, upward mobility and raise increases."
Stay current with up to date accounting practices continue to take classes within your field. Be creative with ways to make job procedures more efficient.

Accountant in Naples:
"Additional job duties."
Set up an inventory base, excel spreadsheets, projecting future carry-forward balances.

Accountant in Salt Lake City:
"Detail, Enthusiasm, Dynamic."
Be detail-oriented. Be passionate about your work and show enthusiasm. Contribute to a dynamic workplace.

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Skills That Affect Accountant Salaries



Financial Reporting
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Data Analysis
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Budget Management
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Financial Applications
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1688 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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