Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States can expect wages of $15.10 per hour on average. Compensation ranges between $11.14 per hour and $20.01. Total cash compensation for Accounting Assistants runs from $25K to $45K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $3K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Female Accounting Assistants far outnumber their male contemporaries among survey respondents. Although one-fourth lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and the greater part get dental coverage, too. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Assistants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,870 - $47,667
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,858
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$11.14 - $20.01
(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
$28,870 - $47,667  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,599  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $4,568  
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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$24,783 - $45,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,709
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.14 - $20.01  
   
Overtime
$15.45 - $30.30  
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 - $2,599  
   
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $4,568  
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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$24,783 - $45,383  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,090
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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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There are some Accounting Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Financial Controllers, where earnings are an average $77K annually. 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 seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Office Administration. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of 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 many Accounting Assistants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $32K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $36K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounting Assistants see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. After two decades in the workforce, the average Accounting Assistant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Accounting Assistants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Accounting Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). In Phoenix, salaries are 10 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.

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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
0%

Paying Invoices
0%

National Average
$34,000

Customer Service
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Data Entry
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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 920 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: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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