Accounting Analyst Salary

Pay for Accounting Analysts in the United States sits in the ballpark of $50K annually. The bottom of the pay range sits near $36K, and the top verges on $71K per year. Cash earnings for Accounting Analysts — including $7K in bonuses and $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $36K to $71K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Most Accounting Analysts report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,014 - $69,383
(Median)
$38K
$50K
$69K
MEDIAN: $49,774
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50%
90%

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$14.66 - $25.66
(Median)
$15
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
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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
$38,014 - $69,383  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,477  
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,622  
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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$36,013 - $70,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 724
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $25.66  
   
Overtime
$20.84 - $38.67  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,477  
   
Profit Sharing
$650 - $9,622  
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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$36,013 - $70,878  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 160
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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 may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Financial Analyst. The latter position pays an average of $75K annually. The most common next step for an Accounting Analyst is to become a Financial Analyst or an Accounting Manager. The former position pays an additional $5K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Analyst


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable. Those familiar with Accounting also tend to 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $48K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $53K. Accounting Analysts bring in $50K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $55K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Analysts, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Accounting Analysts can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+22 percent), Houston (+17 percent), New York (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+6 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 14 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Charlotte and Chicago (8 percent less).

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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
up arrow 1%

Fixed Asset Accounting
0%

National Average
$49,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Auditing
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 160 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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