Accounting Specialist Salary

The average Accounting Specialist in the United States earns approximately $17.31 per hour. Total cash compensation to Accounting Specialists ranges from $30K on the lower end to $54K on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. This group's pay is mainly influenced by residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Specialists (80 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most Accounting Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$32,066 - $58,755
(Median)
$32K
$42K
$59K
MEDIAN: $42,048
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$13.62 - $22.48
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$14
$17
$22
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

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.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Specialist


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Accounting Specialists may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Financial Controller. The latter position pays an average of $77K annually. It is quite typical for Accounting Specialists to transition into roles as Staff Accountants or Accounting Managers, where reported median earnings are $4K and $20K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Accounting Specialists report using a large range of skills 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 who know 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. On average, Accounting Specialists make $42K following one to two decades on the job. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $41K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,628

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

Home to some of the best pay for Accounting Specialists, Denver offers exceptional salaries, 16 percent above 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). In Orlando, salaries are 12 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Indianapolis and Portland (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
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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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