Accounting Specialist Salary

Median pay for Accounting Specialists in the United States is around $17.31 per hour. Overall cash earnings of Accounting Specialists stretch from $30K near the bottom to $54K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by career length and the specific company. The vast majority of Accounting Specialists (80 percent) who responded to the survey are women. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Specialists, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$32,066 - $58,755
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$32K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,048
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$13.62 - $22.48
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,066 - $58,755  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,950  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $4,966  
Commission
$5,100  
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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$30,218 - $54,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,313
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$19.53 - $34.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,950  
   
Commission
$5,100  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $4,966  
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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$30,218 - $54,464  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,364
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Job Description for Accounting Specialist

  • Processes documents related to expenses, such as checks.
  • Contribute to maintenance of accounting data and provide support as needed to accounting department.
  • Manage various forms of accounting data, such as that related to accounts payable and accounts receivable.

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Accounting Specialists' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Financial Controller. The average Financial Controller brings home $77K per year. The most common next step for an Accounting Specialist is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accounting Manager. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, facility with Month-End Close, SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO), and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 27 percent, 11 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Sales Tax Reports. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Specialist

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


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $37K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $41K. Accounting Specialists claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $42K. For some reason, Accounting Specialists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,628

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

Denver is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounting Specialists, 16 percent higher than the national average. Accounting Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Charlotte (+8 percent). Orlando is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 12 percent. Employers in Indianapolis and Portland also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

Accounting Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Specialist?

Accounting Specialist in Raleigh:
Pros: I love numbers so this is a great job for me. I also enjoy auditing and practicing financial stewardship. Flexibility in my current position is wonderful.
Cons: Working for a non profit. I love working for a mission, but there is almost too much work for each operations position. Very stressful all year long.

Accounting Specialist in Goleta:
"Fast paced work. Learn a lot in a very short time."
Pros: Very casual dress code. Four minute drive from home. My manager is very helpful and supportive.
Cons: It does not require a college degree. I need a job that honors my education.

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Experience Affects Accounting Specialist Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Accounting Specialist Salaries

Month-End Close
up arrow 27%


Financial Reporting
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Quickbooks
0%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Data Entry
up arrow 2%

Billing
up arrow 3%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 490 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 14%
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