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Accounting Associate Salary

Accounting Associates in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $41K per year. In the world of Accounting Associates, total cash compensation can vary between $28K and $54K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $2K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Most Accounting Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. Most Accounting Associates survey respondents are women (76 percent). Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$31,036 - $57,920
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,094
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$11.97 - $21.31
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
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$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,036 - $57,920  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,754  
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $1,812  
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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$27,815 - $54,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 722
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.97 - $21.31  
   
Overtime
$16.65 - $32.14  
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 - $4,754  
   
Profit Sharing
$205.11 - $1,812  
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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$27,815 - $54,032  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 602

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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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While not commonly seen, Accounting Associates who transition into an Accounting Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Accounting Managers is $59K per year. Accounting Associates most often move into positions as Staff Accountants or Accountants; those groups report median salaries that are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Associate


Known for its small paychecks, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc actually ranks last in the field for salary, reporting a median income of $23K — less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Accounting Associate


Accounting Associates seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Auditing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 21 percent above average. Financial Analysis and Tax Preparation are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 10 percent and 21 percent. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Associate

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $38K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $39K in this role. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $40K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Associates, working in the bustling city of Denver has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Accounting Associates will also find cushy salaries in New York (+36 percent), Boston (+20 percent), Chicago (+18 percent), and San Francisco (+13 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Oklahoma City is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers in San Diego and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Accounting Associate Salaries




National Average
$39,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Associate Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 21%


Tax Preparation
up arrow 10%


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 5%

Data Entry
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Month-End Close
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$39,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 235 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 17%