Accounting Associate Salary (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, more than half of Accounting Associates have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $37,882 per year. Compensation generally starts at $27,359 and does not exceed $52,830 per year. Total cash income, which bottoms out near $30,454 and peaks near $56,431, incorporates potential for more than $4,111 from bonuses and close to $1,818 from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the specific employer, though geography and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Benefits are plentiful in this line of work; most people have both medical and dental plans, and more than half have vision insurance. Most Accounting Associates are women (75 percent). The majority of Accounting Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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  
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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  
PayScale
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 not the most common occurrence, Accounting Associates who become Accounting Managers earn an extra $21K per year. When Accounting Associates are ready for the next step in their career, they often become Staff Accountants or Accountants, where they can expect an additional $5,277 or $5,227 per year.

Accounting Associate Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Associate

Accounting Associates flock to KPMG, LLP for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $54,250 lead the pack in compensation. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc reports the lowest median salary in the area by far—it's only $23,341, less than half of the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Accounting Associate

Survey takers working as Accounting Associates report using a large range of professional skills. 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.
For many Accounting Associates, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $38K climbs to $38K. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $38K. Wages continue to grow, though somewhat marginally, for Accounting Associates after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $39K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 19 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than 10, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

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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Surpassing the national average by 43 percent, Accounting Associates in Denver receive some of the highest pay in the country. Other big spenders include St. Paul, New York, Charlotte, and Boston, top-paying cities where Accounting Associates see paychecks higher than average (+22 percent, +21 percent, +17 percent, and +16 percent). Oklahoma City is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Workers in St. Louis and Pittsburgh earn less than others in this profession; their -13 percent and -8 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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Experience Affects Accounting Associate Salaries

National Average
$38,000

Skills That Affect Accounting Associate Salaries

Auditing
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General Ledger Accounting
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Tax Preparation
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Financial Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
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Month-End Close
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Quickbooks
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Payroll Administration
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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%
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