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Accounting Assistant Salary

The average Accounting Assistant in the United States earns approximately $15.07 per hour. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.08 per hour and $20.00. Cash earnings for Accounting Assistants — including $3K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $25K to $45K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Accounting Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The vast majority (88 percent) of Accounting Assistants who took the survey are female. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, about one in four are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by a majority. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,839 - $47,431
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$47K
MEDIAN: $36,578
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$11.08 - $20.00
(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
$28,839 - $47,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,629  
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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$24,706 - $45,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,696
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
$11.08 - $20.00  
   
Overtime
$15.40 - $30.33  
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 - $2,629  
   
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).
)
$24,706 - $45,372  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,068

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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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Accounting Assistants who advance into the role of a Financial Controller are fairly uncommon. Financial Controllers on average earn $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 seem to exploit 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 seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks. Most people experienced in 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 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 of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $32K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Accounting Assistant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $38K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Assistants, busy Minneapolis offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Accounting Assistants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+15 percent), New York (+15 percent), Atlanta (+15 percent), and Washington (+12 percent). With compensation 3 percent below the national average, San Diego 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:
"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
up arrow 1%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
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Office Administration
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 949 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: 41% employee benefits None: 26%
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