Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.10 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $11.15 per hour to $20.01. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $3K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Accounting Assistants can bottom out near $25K or peak near $45K depending on individual performance. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Assistants (88 percent) who answered the questionnaire. About a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Most Accounting Assistants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,945 - $47,759
(Median)
$29K
$37K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,932
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$11.15 - $20.01
(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
$28,945 - $47,759  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,586  
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $4,568  
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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$24,798 - $45,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,697
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $20.01  
   
Overtime
$15.44 - $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 - $2,586  
   
Profit Sharing
$354.79 - $4,568  
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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$24,798 - $45,398  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,096
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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 $10K and $10K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Survey results imply that Accounting Assistants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Account Management, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Office Administration. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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.


Accounting Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $32K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $36K. Accounting Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $37K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $38K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 16 percent, Accounting Assistants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+15 percent), Minneapolis (+15 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 4 percent, San Diego is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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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
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

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 914 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: 42% employee benefits None: 26%
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