Accounting Analyst Salary

Median pay for Accounting Analysts in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $50K per year. Lower pay rates hover around $36K, and the higher rates verge on $70K per year. Total cash earnings of Accounting Analysts range from $36K on the low end to $70K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $9K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and tenure. Job satisfaction for Accounting Analysts is high. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to a large number, and more than half earn vision coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Accounting Analysts (56 percent) survey respondents. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$38,579 - $68,875
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $50,313
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$14.67 - $26.26
(Median)
$15
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,579 - $68,875  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,159  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $9,232  
Commission
$0.00  
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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$36,268 - $70,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 827
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.67 - $26.26  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.63  
Overtime
$20.28 - $38.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,159  
   
Commission
$0.00  
Profit Sharing
$517 - $9,232  
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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$36,268 - $70,381  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 188
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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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While not commonly seen, Accounting Analysts who transition into a Senior Financial Analyst position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Financial Analysts is $75K per year. A common career progression for an Accounting Analyst is to become a Financial Analyst or a Senior Accountant. Compared to Accounting Analysts, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst


Accounting Analysts report using a deep pool of skills 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. The majority of those who know 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $48K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $54K. On average, Accounting Analysts make $52K following one to two decades on the job. Accounting Analysts who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,692

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

With a pay rate for Accounting Analysts that is 25 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Accounting Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Indianapolis (+23 percent), Los Angeles (+17 percent), Houston (+16 percent), and New York (+6 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Omaha (14 percent less) and Chicago (9 percent less).

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Experience Affects Accounting Analyst Salaries




National Average
$50,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Analyst Salaries


Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$50,000

Microsoft Office
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Auditing
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Fixed Asset Accounting
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Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 164 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 83%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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