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Accounting Analyst Salary

Pay for Accounting Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $49K per year. Earnings sit near $36K on the lower side but can approach $71K per year on the higher side. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Accounting Analysts spread between $36K and $71K depending on individual performance. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$37,303 - $69,209
(Median)
$37K
$49K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,340
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$14.59 - $25.58
(Median)
$15
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$37,303 - $69,209  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,334  
Profit Sharing
$596 - $5,872  
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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$35,690 - $70,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.59 - $25.58  
   
Overtime
$20.60 - $37.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,334  
   
Profit Sharing
$596 - $5,872  
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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$35,690 - $70,744  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 140

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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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At the upper end, Accounting Analysts who move into a Senior Financial Analyst role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Senior Financial Analysts is a much higher $74K per year. 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 $10K higher for Accounting Managers.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst


Survey results imply that Accounting Analysts put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Financial Analysis, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable, Auditing, and Accounts Payable. Most people experienced in Accounting also 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $53K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounting Analysts see a median salary of $51K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


Houston is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounting Analysts, 19 percent higher than the national average. Accounting Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Decatur (+19 percent), Austin (+14 percent), Denver (+13 percent), and New York (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Pittsburgh, 15 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Chicago (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Accounting Analyst Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Analyst Salaries



Data Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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National Average
$49,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 4%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 179 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%