Accounting Specialist Salary

Accounting Specialists in the United States can expect wages of $17.57 per hour on average. Cash earnings for Accounting Specialists — which occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $31K to approximately $55K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though career duration and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Accounting Specialists who responded to the questionnaire are largely women, dominating at 80 percent. Most Accounting Specialists like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,950 - $59,798
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MEDIAN: $43,530
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$14.12 - $22.95
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$32,950 - $59,798  
   
Bonus
$500 - $6,194  
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $3,523  
Total Pay (?
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$30,597 - $55,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 949
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$14.12 - $22.95  
   
Overtime
$20.69 - $35.95  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$500 - $6,194  
   
Profit Sharing
$198.66 - $3,523  
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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$30,597 - $55,214  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,191

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Accounting Specialist


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For Accounting Specialists, progressing to a Financial Controller role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Financial Controller can earn $77K annually. Typical career progression for an Accounting Specialist involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accounting Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $21K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Specialist


Employees at Martin Brothers enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $37K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $35K and higher ones not far away at only $41K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Survey results imply that Accounting Specialists deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. 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 12 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Specialist

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 983 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 532 salaries. An experienced Accounting Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 576 salaries. An Accounting Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 392 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

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National Average: $39,953

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For Accounting Specialists, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 24 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+19 percent), Dallas (+17 percent), Seattle (+17 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Tulsa is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent. On the whole, employers pay 7 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Cedar Falls and Austin.

Accounting Specialist Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Accounting Specialist

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 402 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Accounting Specialist Salaries

▲9%

▲4%

▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Specialist Salaries





▲3%


Microsoft Excel
▲1%

▲1%


Payroll Administration
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National Average
$40,000



▼2%


▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 402 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 16%
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