Accounting Assistant Salary

For Accounting Assistants, hourly average wages total $15.18 per hour. In the world of Accounting Assistants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $3K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $25K and $46K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and experience level are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. While some workers in this profession — one-fourth — do not have any health coverage, a strong majority do receive medical benefits and a majority have dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire.

$29,302 - $48,555
(Median)
$29K
$38K
$49K
MEDIAN: $37,563
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$11.29 - $20.09
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$11
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,302 - $48,555  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,589  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,548  
Commission
$250.00  
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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$25,001 - $45,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,853
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.29 - $20.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.07  
Overtime
$16.08 - $30.34  
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
$0.00 - $2,589  
   
Commission
$250.00  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $4,548  
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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$25,001 - $45,681  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,437
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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. Typical career progression for an Accounting Assistant involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant, roles that pay $9K more and $10K more on average.

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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 Billing are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks and Office Administration. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know 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. 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 $36K. Accounting Assistants bring in $37K after working for 10 to 20 years. 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 $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,245

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

Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Assistants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above the national average. Accounting Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+13 percent), Minneapolis (+12 percent), and Houston (+7 percent). The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 12 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Miami (5 percent lower) and San Diego (2 percent lower).

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

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.

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 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Paying Invoices
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$34,000

Data Entry
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Microsoft Word
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Customer Service
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Quickbooks
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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
19%
10-19 years
20%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 70%
dental benefits
Dental: 57%
medical benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 26%
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