Accounting Assistants in the United States take home an average $15.38 per hour. Total cash compensation for Accounting Assistants runs from $25K to $46K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geographic location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. There are far more female Accounting Assistants who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 87 percent. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — just under a third lack coverage. On the flip side, the larger part have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job.

$29,286 - $50,260
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$29K
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MEDIAN: $38,132
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$11.63 - $20.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,286 - $50,260  
   
Bonus
$207.41 - $4,106  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,285  
Commission
$2,250  
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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$25,285 - $46,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.63 - $20.41  
   
Overtime
$17.79 - $30.84  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$207.41 - $4,106  
   
Commission
$2,250  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,285  
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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$25,285 - $46,392  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,317
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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.

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Accounting Assistants sometimes assume positions such as Financial Controllers. That role pays $77K per year on average. When Accounting Assistants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Staff Accountants or Accountants. Those roles pay an additional $9K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Assistant


Those at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $42K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Survey takers working as Accounting Assistants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Payroll Administration, Accounts Payable, and Billing are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks, Customer Service, and Office Administration. 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.


For Accounting Assistants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $37K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $39K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,473

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Accounting Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 25 percent. Accounting Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+16 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), and Milwaukee (+7 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Miami is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant in Atlanta:
"Its New."
Pros: You don't use sick days for Doctor appointments. Nice people to work with for the most part.
Cons: No latter movement. Company is small so there is no privacy to your personal life. No evaluation every year so no structure to the raises. No raises they are tied into you bonus.

Accounting Assistant in Liberty:
"Assistant to the accountant."
Pros: I get to do all of the work that the accountant does in hopes that one day I can be in her position.
Cons: I feel like I get taken advantage of and my coworkers expect me to do their jobs.

Accounting Assistant in Paris:
"Flexibility in Type of Work."
Pros: The number one thing that I like about this job is that I can plan out my work, have priorities for longer projects, and feel pretty satisfied at the end of the day.
Cons: I don't like having to work from the traditional 9-5 when I don't have things to work on.

Accounting Assistant in Kansas City:
"An exciting role in a great company with a bright future."
Pros: Importance, seeing company growth, learning new skills, fast-paced, innovating, flexibility, management, helping build our team and business to achieve excellence in customer service and sales.
Cons: Underpaid for the workload, background role is often overlooked and skills and accomplishments taken for granted.

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.

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Experience Affects Accounting Assistant Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Assistant Salaries

Financial Reporting
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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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Billing
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Paying Invoices
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National Average
$34,000

Bookkeeping
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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Data Processing
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Data Entry
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Office Administration
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Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 527 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 69%
dental benefits
Dental: 56%
medical benefits
Vision: 45%
dental benefits
None: 28%
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