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Accounting Analyst Salary

An average Accounting Analyst in the United States can expect to take home roughly $50K per year. Pay generally varies between $36K and $71K per year. Total cash compensation for Accounting Analysts runs from $36K to $71K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $6K. Geography and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number get medical and dental insurance, and a majority get vision plans, too. Women Accounting Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. For the most part, Accounting Analysts enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$37,529 - $69,320
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,582
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50%
90%

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$14.58 - $25.38
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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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
$37,529 - $69,320  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,451  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $6,350  
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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$35,726 - $70,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.58 - $25.38  
   
Overtime
$20.75 - $37.84  
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 - $7,451  
   
Profit Sharing
$594 - $6,350  
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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$35,726 - $70,806  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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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Accounting Analysts who go on to become Senior Financial Analysts may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Financial Analysts is $75K annually. With an annual salary of $54K, Financial Analyst is the most common role for Accounting Analysts to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into an Accountant role — which usually pays $44K — is also typical for Accounting Analysts, though less common by comparison.

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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, with boosts between 4 percent and 6 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Auditing. 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $48K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $53K. Accounting Analysts bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Accounting Analysts that is 32 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 Austin (+22 percent), Houston (+20 percent), Decatur (+18 percent), and New York (+13 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 16 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Below-median salaries also turn up in Charlotte and Chicago (11 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
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

Fixed Asset Accounting
0%

National Average
$49,000

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 4%

Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 167 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
15%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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