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Accounting Analyst Salary

Median pay for Accounting Analysts in the United States is around $50K per year. Pay ranges from $36K on the low end to $71K per year on the high end. Total cash compensation to Accounting Analysts approaches anywhere from $36K on the lower end to $71K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $7K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$37,555 - $69,456
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,543
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90%

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$14.57 - $25.44
(Median)
$15
$19
$25
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
$37,555 - $69,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,398  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $5,960  
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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$35,797 - $70,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 704
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.57 - $25.44  
   
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 - $7,398  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $5,960  
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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$35,797 - $70,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 148

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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 $74K annually. It is quite typical for Accounting Analysts to transition into roles as Financial Analysts or Accounting Managers, where reported median earnings are $5K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. 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 7 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, and Auditing. Those proficient in Accounting are, more often than not, also skilled 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 spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Accounting Analysts, 32 percent above the national average. Accounting Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Austin (+22 percent), Houston (+18 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. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Chicago (11 percent lower and 7 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%

Financial Reporting
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Accounting
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Microsoft Office
0%

Fixed Asset Accounting
0%

National Average
$49,000

Auditing
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Accounts Payable
up arrow 4%

Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 171 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: 88% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%
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