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Accounting Analyst Salary (United States)

The average Accounting Analyst in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. Compensation ranges between $35K and $70K per year. Total incomes of Accounting Analysts incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $7K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $35K and $70K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority 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. Most Accounting Analysts like their work and job satisfaction is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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  
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  
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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There are some Accounting Analysts — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Financial Analysts, where earnings are typically $74K annually. Financial Analysts or Accounting Managers are common next-step roles for Accounting Analysts moving up in their careers; annual pay for Financial Analysts is $5K higher on average, and it's $11K higher for Accounting Managers.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst

Survey results show that Accounting Analysts use a fair number of skills. 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. Those familiar with Accounting also tend to know 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.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $47K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $51K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $50K in this role. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $53K on average. In this field, workers tend to have anywhere from one to nine years of experience — of those surveyed, a majority land within this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one-sixth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining about a tenth.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$48,000
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For Accounting Analysts, busy Houston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Austin, New York, Atlanta, and Troy are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Accounting Analysts earning around 16 percent, 7 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent more than average. Trailing the national average by 17 percent, Los Angeles is the market with the smallest paychecks. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (17 percent less) and Cincinnati (15 percent less).

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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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Financial Reporting
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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%