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Accounting Assistant Salary

The average Accounting Assistant in the United States earns approximately $15.05 per hour. Pay ranges from $11.03 per hour on the low end to $19.96 on the high end. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Accounting Assistants can bottom out near $25K or peak near $45K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The majority of Accounting Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although around one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a fair number do enjoy medical insurance, and a majority get dental coverage, too.

$28,682 - $47,492
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,522
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$11.03 - $19.96
(Median)
$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,682 - $47,492  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,601  
Profit Sharing
$305.00 - $4,537  
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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$24,598 - $45,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,679
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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.03 - $19.96  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $30.44  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,601  
   
Profit Sharing
$305.00 - $4,537  
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).
)
$24,598 - $45,355  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,063

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Job Description for Accounting Assistant

An accounting assistant supports a company in its day-to-day accounting duties. One of the main differences between an accountant and an accounting assistant is that an accounting assistant focuses on administrative, clerical, and data-entry duties. For example, the accounting assistant may upload and scan documents for entry into the company's document-tracking software. The accounting assistant may perform other duties such as processing invoices; filing, sorting, and faxing documents and correspondence; answering phone calls; reviewing documents for accuracy and completeness; tracking inventory; and working on spreadsheets.

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Accounting Assistant Tasks

  • Compile reports for insurance billings.
  • Update phone numbers and addresses, and keep payers up to date.
  • Monitor and follow up on outstanding claims every 14 days.
  • Perform billing-related duties as necessary.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Assistant


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Accounting Assistants who advance into the role of a Financial Controller are fairly uncommon. Financial Controllers on average earn $77K per year. Accounting Assistants typically move into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, and those positions pay $10K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Survey results imply that Accounting Assistants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Payroll Administration, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. It is often found that people who know Accounts Payable are also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Assistant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Accounting Assistants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $32K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $35K. Accounting Assistants bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Accounting Assistants reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Accounting Assistants in Minneapolis receive some of the highest pay in the country. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Diego, 2 percent below the national average.

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant in Farmington:
"Busy Importance."
Pros: I love that I always have something to do everyday and it is not always the same thing. I love that it is fairly consistent in the tasks that there are to do though.
Cons: Sometimes the work load is overwhelming and finding the time to complete one task before another one is started is rare.

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Experience Affects Accounting Assistant Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Assistant Salaries


Account Management
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Billing
up arrow 2%

Paying Invoices
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
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Microsoft Office
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Customer Service
0%

National Average
$34,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 3%

Office Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 965 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 57%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 26%