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Accounting Assistant Salary

Pay for Accounting Assistants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $15.07 per hour. Cash earnings for Accounting Assistants — including $3K in bonuses and $4K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $45K depending on individual performance. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The vast majority (88 percent) of Accounting Assistants who took the survey are female. Some workers in this field — approximately one-fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the greater part. The majority of Accounting Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
$28,045 - $47,200
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,310
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$11.05 - $19.94
(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
$28,045 - $47,200  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,560  
Profit Sharing
$261.79 - $4,464  
Commission
$0.00 - $2,543  
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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$24,656 - $45,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,682
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
$11.05 - $19.94  
   
Overtime
$15.24 - $30.27  
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.
)
$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,560  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $2,543  
Profit Sharing
$261.79 - $4,464  
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).
)
$24,656 - $45,364  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,994
United States (change)

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. Career advancement for the typical Accounting Assistant often leads to becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $9K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Accounting Assistants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Payroll Administration, and Paying Invoices are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. The average beginner in this position makes around $31K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $35K. On average, Accounting Assistants make $36K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $38K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Assistants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in Minneapolis (+15 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Houston (+10 percent).

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%

Accounts Payable
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Billing
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Paying Invoices
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Customer Service
0%

National Average
$34,000

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 2%

Office Administration
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 981 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: 41% employee benefits None: 26%