Entry-Level Accountant Salary

Average Entry-Level Accountants make around $47K per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $6K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $31K and hits $62K on the high end. The particular firm and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Roughly one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Entry-Level Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Entry-Level Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,005 - $62,207
$35K
$47K
$62K
MEDIAN: $47,313
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$12.24 - $24.55
$12
$17
$25
MEDIAN: $17.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,005 - $62,207  
   
Bonus
$50.61 - $5,948  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,904  
Commission
$150.00  
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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$31,239 - $62,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 6,182
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $24.55  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.78  
Overtime
$18.04 - $37.11  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$50.61 - $5,948  
   
Commission
$150.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,904  
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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$31,239 - $62,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,133

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Entry-Level Accountants fill the offices of leading firms EY (Ernst & Young), General Electric Co (GE), KPMG, LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte & Touche LLP. PricewaterhouseCoopers does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $64K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $41K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $86K. Entry-Level Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks at Cargill ($59K), Deloitte & Touche LLP ($58K), and EY (Ernst & Young) ($57K).

Employees at CBRE Group, Bkd, Llp, and SYSCO Corporation can also expect below-average earnings of $47K, $47K, and $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $45,384

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Accountants in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 29 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+13 percent), and Boston (+13 percent).

Accountant Advice

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

Accountant in St. Louis:
"Best Practices."
Learn systems at detail level. Watch others closely without comment. Study interaction with executives and management. Keep up to date with accounting and finance practices. Obtain advanced degree(s)

Accountant in Mesa:
"Accounting is not boring."
I started in A/R as a processor and thought accounting was the most boring job. It turned out that I just needed more responsibility and projects. Start looking at the big picture and it will allow you to not only do your job but think ahead to help find solutions before a problem arises.

Accountant in Delhi:
"I can work independently and co-operate the colleague."
Seeking a position to utilize my skill and abilities in the Industry through hard work and dedication and contribute my best towards the growth of the organization.

Accountant in Waterloo:
"Technology?"
Ask questions as to how advanced they are in today's technology. Do the still hand-write payables? Are manual records kept, along with computerized? Are documents mailed, faxed, or emailed?

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.

Key Stats for Accountant

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 970 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
14%
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Skills That Affect Accountant Salaries

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 970 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
vision benefits
Vision: 47%
no benefits
None: 24%