Accounting Assistant Salary

Average Accounting Assistants in the United States make around $15.51 per hour. Incomes of Accounting Assistants vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $4K cause paychecks to spread between $25K on the low end and $47K on the high end. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by career duration and the specific company. Accounting Assistants who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 87 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly less than a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a majority and dental coverage is claimed by over one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$29,329 - $50,607
$29K
$38K
$51K
MEDIAN: $38,377
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$11.74 - $20.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,329 - $50,607  
   
Bonus
$292.77 - $4,498  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $4,459  
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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$25,429 - $46,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,156
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $20.48  
   
Overtime
$17.94 - $30.95  
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
$292.77 - $4,498  
   
Commission
$2,400  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $4,459  
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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$25,429 - $46,745  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,370

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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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There are some Accounting Assistants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Financial Controllers, where earnings are an average $77K annually. Typical career progression for an Accounting Assistant involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant, roles that pay $9K more and $10K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Assistant


Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. leads the field in terms of pay, with a median salary of $42K.

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, Accounts Payable, Microsoft Excel, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Office Administration. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent 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.


Accounting Assistants with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $33K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $37K. Accounting Assistants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $38K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $39K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $34,755

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

Accounting Assistants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 26 percent. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+17 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), Minneapolis (+8 percent), and Austin (+7 percent). Miami is the lowest-paying area, 5 percent south of the national average. Employers in San Diego and Houston also lean toward paying below-median salaries (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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 540 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Accounting Assistant Salaries

▲11%

▲11%

▲7%

National Average
$35,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Assistant Salaries





▲1%


Microsoft Word
▼0%

Payroll Administration
▼0%

Data Processing
▼0%

National Average
$35,000

▼1%


▼2%



▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 540 votes.

Gender

Female
87 %
Male
13 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 68%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 29%
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