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Accounting Assistant Salary

Earnings for Accounting Assistants in the United States come in at around $15.08 per hour on average. Pay generally varies between $11.11 per hour and $20.02. Total incomes of Accounting Assistants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $3K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $25K and $45K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Health benefits are not claimed by all — approximately one in four lack any form of coverage — but a strong majority have medical insurance, and the greater part have dental, too. Most Accounting Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,843 - $47,422
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,635
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$11.11 - $20.02
(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
$28,843 - $47,422  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,596  
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $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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$24,748 - $45,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,709
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
$11.11 - $20.02  
   
Overtime
$15.47 - $30.36  
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 - $2,596  
   
Profit Sharing
$375.00 - $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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$24,748 - $45,387  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,083

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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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Though it's uncommon, some Accounting Assistants move into roles as Financial Controllers, where pay is an average $77K per year. It is quite typical for Accounting Assistants to transition into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, where reported median earnings are $9K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Accounting Assistants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Payroll Administration, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $32K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $36K. Accounting Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. 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


Accounting Assistants will find that Minneapolis offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Accounting Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 11 percent below the national average.

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant in Atlanta:
"Small Scale Public Accounting Firm Environment."
Pros: Flexibility, and overall office atmosphere. Provides foundational knowledge to progress into the accounting profession.
Cons: Compensation is below average for position. Workload is heavy and there are few employees to delegate assignments to.

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
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Payroll Administration
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Excel
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Bookkeeping
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Billing
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Microsoft Office
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Paying Invoices
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National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Office Administration
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 944 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: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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