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Accounting Analyst Salary (United States)

The average Accounting Analyst in the United States earns approximately $49K per year. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $35K and $71K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Accounting Analysts spread between $35K and $71K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women Accounting Analysts who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. A large number enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and the larger part get vision benefits. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$36,825 - $68,873
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MEDIAN: $49,103
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Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$14.64 - $25.84
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,825 - $68,873  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,398  
Profit Sharing
$594 - $5,918  
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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$35,321 - $70,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 642
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.64 - $25.84  
   
Overtime
$20.61 - $37.69  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,398  
   
Profit Sharing
$594 - $5,918  
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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$35,321 - $70,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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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 advance into the role of a Senior Financial Analyst are fairly uncommon. Senior Financial Analysts on average earn $74K per year. A common career progression for an Accounting Analyst is to become a Financial Analyst or an Accounting Manager. Compared to Accounting Analysts, the first group earns $5K more on average, and the second group earns $10K more.

Accounting Analyst Job Listings

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst

Accounting Analysts seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, General Ledger Accounting, Data Analysis, and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Auditing, Accounts Payable, and Accounts Receivable. 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.
The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $47K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $53K. Accounting Analysts claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Accounting Analysts who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $54K.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$49,000
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With a pay rate for Accounting Analysts that is 19 percent greater than the national average, Decatur offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Accounting Analysts will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+18 percent), Austin (+15 percent), New York (+7 percent), and Atlanta (+4 percent). The lowest-paying market is Los Angeles, which sits 18 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (17 percent lower) and Charlotte (11 percent lower).

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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 Office
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Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Financial Reporting
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National Average
$49,000
Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 174 votes.

Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%