Accounting Analyst Salary

An average Accounting Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $36K and $71K per year. Total cash earnings of Accounting Analysts range from $36K on the low end to $71K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $8K and $10K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most receive medical and dental insurance and the greater part get vision plans. For the most part, Accounting Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,982 - $69,390
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,758
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50%
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$14.66 - $25.68
(Median)
$15
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,982 - $69,390  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,503  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,622  
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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$36,026 - $70,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 717
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$20.84 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,503  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,622  
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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$36,026 - $70,844  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 159
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Job Description for Accounting Analyst

Accounting analysts are in charge of creating effective financial data analysis for their company. They develop financial documentation for organizational decision-makers, as well as interpret large amounts of accounting reports to create sound advice for future financial decisions. They also ensure accurate transaction records,evaluate financial processing, and control transaction processes. Accounting analysts also analyze and verify company records following organizational rules and industry privacy standards, as well as have access to control data integration. They draw conclusions for future financial decisions using complex raw data.

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Accounting Analyst Tasks

  • Perform financial planning and analysis, consolidation of forecasts and budgets, financial statement preparation, and investor reporting.
  • Conduct studies of accounting errors and prepare cost accounting, statistics, and legal research reports.
  • Evaluate and interpret financial accounting principles and statements including balance, revenue, and cash flow statements.
  • Coordinate the cash management program to ensure existence of working capital.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Analyst


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For Accounting Analysts, progressing to a Senior Financial Analyst role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Financial Analyst can earn $75K annually. Typical career progression for an Accounting Analyst involves becoming a Financial Analyst or an Accounting Manager, roles that pay $5K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 7 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Most people skilled in Accounting are similarly competent in Financial Analysis and Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $48K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $53K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Analysts, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Accounting Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+22 percent), Houston (+18 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Charlotte and Chicago.

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Experience Affects Accounting Analyst Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Analyst Salaries



Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Financial Reporting
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Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Fixed Asset Accounting
0%

National Average
$49,000

Accounts Receivable
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Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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