Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States pull down an average of $15.18 per hour. Final cash compensation to Accounting Assistants varies from around $25K to approximately $46K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $3K and $5K, respectively. While the specific employer and experience level impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Accounting Assistants. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and the greater part have dental coverage, one in four claim no health benefits at all. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary 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
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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 not the most common occurrence, Accounting Assistants sometimes become Financial Controllers, where the average income is $77K per year. 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 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks and Office Administration. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Accounting Assistants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $36K. Accounting Assistants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $37K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,245

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

Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Accounting Assistants in San Francisco receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Phoenix is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Miami (5 percent less) and San Diego (2 percent less).

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

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
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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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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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