Average Accounting Specialists in the United States make around $17.54 per hour. In the world of Accounting Specialists, total cash compensation can vary between $30K and $55K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $7K and $6K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. The majority of Accounting Specialists claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,323 - $59,819
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$32K
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$60K
MEDIAN: $42,774
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$13.97 - $22.71
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,323 - $59,819  
   
Bonus
$498.23 - $6,735  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $5,672  
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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$30,366 - $54,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 923
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.97 - $22.71  
   
Overtime
$20.32 - $36.17  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$498.23 - $6,735  
   
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $5,672  
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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$30,366 - $54,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,112
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Job Description for Accounting Specialist

Accounting specialists are responsible for executing accounting tasks and strategies for their organizations and performing day-to-day financial activities including completing tax forms, logging revenues and expenses, and balancing checkbooks. They are also tasked with providing support to the financial department to find discrepancies in billing, payroll, and expenses, and must have strong problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to save company resources and reduce expenses.

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Accounting Specialist Tasks

  • 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. When Accounting Specialists are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Staff Accountants or Accounting Managers. Those roles pay an additional $4K and $21K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Survey takers working as Accounting Specialists report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, Reconciliation, Financial Reporting, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Data Entry and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled in 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $37K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $41K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,682

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Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Specialists, Seattle offers exceptional salaries, 19 percent above the national average. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+19 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Dallas (+13 percent), and Atlanta (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 13 percent south of the national average, can be found in Tulsa. Below-median salaries also turn up in Cedar Falls and Portland (7 percent lower and 5 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



Financial Reporting
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Bookkeeping
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General Ledger Accounting
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Financial Analysis
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

Quickbooks
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Receivable
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Sales Tax Reports
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Accounts Payable
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Billing
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Microsoft Office
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 348 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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