Accounting Associate Salary (United States)

With a little over a half of Accounting Associates reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $37,882 annually. Compensation starts at $27,359 and can reach $52,830 per year. While the particular city and experience level impact pay for this group, the specific employer is the most influential factor. A solid majority enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage in this occupation. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Female Accounting Associates make up most of the field at 75 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Accounting Associates. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Accounting Associate Salary (?
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$30,454 - $56,431
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MEDIAN: $40,396
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Accounting Associate Salary (?
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$11.88 - $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,454 - $56,431  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,111  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $1,818  
Total Pay (?
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$27,359 - $52,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 585
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $21.00  
   
Overtime
$15.98 - $33.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,111  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $1,818  
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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$27,359 - $52,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 485
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Job Description for Accounting Associate

  • Process, record, and pay invoices, bills, and other transactions.
  • Record fiscal transactions, balancing and reconciling accounts.
  • Assist accountants and auditors with bookkeeping, clerical duties, and managing accounts.
  • Resolve outstanding payments through communication with departments, vendors, and clients.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Associate

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Though some Accounting Associates move into positions like Accounting Manager (where salaries climb a decent $21K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for Accounting Associates is moving into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, where they can expect an extra $5,277 or $5,227 per year.

Accounting Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Associate

The most lucrative gig in town can be found at KPMG, LLP, where the average salary is $54,250. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc pays significantly less than competing companies with a median salary of $23,341, less than half of the top paying company's rate.

Popular Skills for Accounting Associate

Accounting Associates seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Auditing, General Ledger Accounting, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 28 percent, 13 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Most people who know Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Accounting Associates with a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy higher salaries, as pay increases are mainly incremental. Starting at around $38K, salaries see a boost to $38K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $38K. Though minimal, Accounting Associates continue to experience salary development even after two decades, and pay is estimated at $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about one in five of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; a majority of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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St. Paul
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New York
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Charlotte
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Boston
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San Francisco
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Atlanta
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Seattle
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Austin
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Chicago
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Dallas
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National Average
$38,000
Pittsburgh
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Oklahoma City
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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Accounting Associates in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other urban areas shelling out big bucks include St. Paul, New York, Charlotte, and Boston, where Accounting Associates typically earn around 22 percent, 21 percent, 17 percent, and 16 percent more than usual. The lowest-paying market is Oklahoma City, which sits 15 percent below the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (-13 percent and -8 percent).

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Experience Affects Accounting Associate Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Accounting Associate Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 28%
General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 13%
Tax Preparation
up arrow 9%
Financial Analysis
up arrow 8%
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%
Month-End Close
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Quickbooks
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Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%
Microsoft Office
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Payroll Administration
0%
National Average
$38,000
Accounts Payable
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
75%
female alumni
 
Male
25%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 68%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 17%