Accounting Analyst Salary (United States)

For Accounting Analysts, yearly wages usually total $48,409 per year. Compensation ranges from $35,155 on the low end to $70,323 per year on the high end. Overall cash earnings of Accounting Analysts stretch from $35,155 near the bottom to $70,323 near the top, and the heftier packages can encompass around $7,485 each from bonuses and profit sharing. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The greater part get medical and dental insurance, and more than half get vision plans, too. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 58 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$36,369 - $68,539
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MEDIAN: $48,875
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Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$14.79 - $25.81
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MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,369 - $68,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,485  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $6,000  
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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$35,155 - $70,323  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 595
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$20.56 - $37.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,485  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $6,000  
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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$35,155 - $70,323  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Accounting Analysts move into roles as Senior Financial Analysts, bringing in an extra $26K per year. Accounting Analysts can earn $5,012 or $10,553 more per year when they move into roles as Financial Analysts or Accounting Managers, a common transition for those in the field.

Accounting Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst

Accounting Analysts report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Financial Analysis, General Ledger Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable, Auditing, and Accounts Receivable. For most people, competency in Accounting indicates knowledge of Financial Analysis and Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Analyst

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At career start, salaries are typically $47K, which grows to $51K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $50K. Wages do not stop growing after 20 years on the job, and Accounting Analysts tend to earn $53K at this point in time. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience—of those surveyed, a majority land within this range.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$48,000
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For Accounting Analysts, working in the bustling city of Houston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Also paying near the top of the field are Austin, New York, Atlanta, and Troy, where Accounting Analysts annually earn 16 percent, 7 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent more than the national average. Los Angeles is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Employers in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-17 percent and -15 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Accounting Analyst Salaries

National Average
$48,000

Skills That Affect Accounting Analyst Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$48,000
Accounts Receivable
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Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 176 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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