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Accounting Associate Salary (United States)

A little more than half of Accounting Associates are relatively junior in their careers, reporting less than five years' experience and an average income of $40K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $2K, respectively — total cash payment to Accounting Associates can bottom out near $27K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the particular firm, but the particular city and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men working as Accounting Associates are solidly outnumbered, with women representing 75 percent of workers. Most Accounting Associates report high levels of job satisfaction. 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 (?
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: 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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Accounting Associates who advance into the role of an Accounting Manager are fairly uncommon. Accounting Managers $59K per year. Career advancement for the typical Accounting Associate often leads to becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $5K higher and $5K higher, respectively.

Accounting Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Associate

KPMG, LLP attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $54K. The lowest pay by far can be found at Wal-Mart Stores, Inc — this employer offers a median salary of $23K, less than half of the top paying employer's rate. KPMG, LLP is also at the bottom of the scale.

Popular Skills for Accounting Associate

Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed in 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 more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $38K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $38K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Accounting Associates make a median salary of $38K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $39K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. A majority of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up a little less than a fifth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than one-tenth, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than one in ten.

Pay Difference By Location

Denver
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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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Chicago
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National Average
$38,000
Pittsburgh
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St. Louis
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Oklahoma City
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For Accounting Associates, Denver provides a pay rate that is 43 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like St. Paul (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Charlotte (+17 percent), and Boston (+16 percent). Oklahoma City is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 15 percent. Workers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 8 percent less, respectively).

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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
up arrow 3%
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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Highly satisfied
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%