Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States take home approximately $15.57 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Accounting Assistants bottoms out near $26K and approaches $47K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $4K from profit sharing. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. The vast majority (87 percent) of Accounting Assistants who took the survey are female. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and just under a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$29,380 - $50,743
$29K
$39K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,523
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$11.87 - $20.52
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MEDIAN: $15.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,380 - $50,743  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,830  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,399  
Commission
$2,400  
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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$25,678 - $46,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.87 - $20.52  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.50  
Overtime
$17.99 - $31.11  
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
$250.00 - $4,830  
   
Commission
$2,400  
Profit Sharing
$300.00 - $4,399  
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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$25,678 - $46,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,260

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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

  • Monitor and follow up on outstanding claims every 14 days.
  • Perform billing-related duties as necessary.
  • Compile reports for insurance billings.
  • Update phone numbers and addresses, and keep payers up to date.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Assistant


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It's not very common for Accounting Assistants to move on to become Financial Controllers. Average pay for a Financial Controller is $77K annually. The most common next step for an Accounting Assistant is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accountant. The former position pays an additional $9K per year on average, and the latter position pays $10K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Assistant


For Accounting Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $42K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Paying Invoices are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to know Microsoft Excel and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 2,043 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 796 salaries. An experienced Accounting Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 782 salaries. An Accounting Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 379 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,877

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

With a pay rate for Accounting Assistants that is 26 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), Milwaukee (+10 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Chicago (+9 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in St. Louis and Houston (2 percent lower).

Accounting Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant in Atlanta:
"Its New."
Pros: You don't use sick days for Doctor appointments. Nice people to work with for the most part.
Cons: No latter movement. Company is small so there is no privacy to your personal life. No evaluation every year so no structure to the raises. No raises they are tied into you bonus.

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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Key Stats for Accounting Assistant

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 524 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Accounting Assistant Salaries

▲11%

▲10%

▲8%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Assistant Salaries





▲1%


Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
▼0%

Data Processing
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Payroll Administration
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National Average
$35,000

▼1%

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▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 524 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 29%
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