Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States take home approximately $15.09 per hour on average. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $11.16 per hour and $19.99. Overall cash earnings for Accounting Assistants stretch from $25K on the lower end to $45K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $3K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 88 percent of Accounting Assistants are female. Some workers in this field — roughly a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. Most Accounting Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high.

$28,982 - $47,688

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$11.16 - $19.99

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$28,982 - $47,688  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,582  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $4,579  
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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$24,808 - $45,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,690
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.16 - $19.99  
   
Overtime
$15.43 - $30.33  
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 - $2,582  
   
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $4,579  
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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$24,808 - $45,341  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,117
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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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While Accounting Assistants do not often become Financial Controllers, the job pays $77K per year on average. Accounting Assistants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Staff Accountants or Accountants. The median paychecks in those roles are $10K higher and $10K higher, 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks and Office Administration. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $31K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $36K. Accounting Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $38K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Assistants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), San Francisco (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), and Atlanta (+14 percent). San Diego ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 4 percent below the national average.

Accounting Assistant Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

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 4%

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 906 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
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 71% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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