Accounting Analyst Salary (United States)

The average Accounting Analyst in the United States earns approximately $48,409 per year. The range in pay spans from $35,155 to $70,323 per year. Overall cash allowance, including $7,485 each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, generally bottoms out around $36,369 and peaks near $68,539. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority of folks in this line of work enjoy health insurance benefits; most receive both medical and dental insurance and a majority get vision plans. Women Accounting Analysts just slightly outnumber men in the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Accounting Analysts. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$36,369 - $68,539
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MEDIAN: $48,875
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Accounting Analyst Salary (?
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$14.79 - $25.81
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$36,369 - $68,539  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,485  
Profit Sharing
$610 - $6,000  
Total Pay (?
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$35,155 - $70,323  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 595
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.79 - $25.81  
   
Overtime
$20.56 - $37.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,485  
   
Profit Sharing
$610 - $6,000  
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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$35,155 - $70,323  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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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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Though some Accounting Analysts move into positions like Senior Financial Analyst (where salaries climb a decent $26K), this progression is not the norm. It is quite typical for Accounting Analysts to transition into roles as Financial Analysts or Accounting Managers, where expected earnings are an additional $5,012 or $10,553 per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst

Accounting Analysts report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Data Analysis, Financial Analysis, General Ledger Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Payable, Auditing, and Accounts Receivable. Most people 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.
After five to 10 years, starting salaries jump from $47K to $51K. Compensation is $50K after 10 to 20 years. As Accounting Analysts reach 20 years on the job, salary growth continues to be strong, with earnings averaging $53K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 16 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 6 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 11 percent. A majority of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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$48,000
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Surpassing the national average by 22 percent, Accounting Analysts in Houston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Accounting Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+16 percent), New York (+7 percent), Atlanta (+4 percent), and Troy (+4 percent). Los Angeles is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati (-17 percent and -15 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Accounting Analyst Salaries

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$48,000

Skills That Affect Accounting Analyst Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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$48,000
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Gender

Female
58%
female alumni
 
Male
42%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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