Accounting Specialist Salary

For Accounting Specialists, hourly average wages total $17.74 per hour. In the world of Accounting Specialists, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $3K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $31K and $56K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length and the individual firm. Most Accounting Specialists report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Specialists (81 percent) who answered the questionnaire. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$33,553 - $59,993
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MEDIAN: $43,822
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$14.16 - $23.28
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$0$59K
Salary $33,553 - $59,993
Bonus $494.58 - $6,082
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $3,064
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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$30,781 - $55,728
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 949
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.16 - $23.28
Overtime $20.33 - $36.18
Annual Data $0$55K
Bonus $494.58 - $6,082
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $3,064
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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$30,781 - $55,728
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,176

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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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As Accounting Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Financial Controller, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Financial Controllers earn $77K on average per year. Staff Accountants or Accounting Managers are common next-step roles for Accounting Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $4K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Accounting Managers.

Accounting Specialist Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Specialist


Although the highest salaries can be found at Martin Brothers where median pay is $37K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $35K and $41K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Survey results imply that Accounting Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, Reconciliation, Financial Reporting, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry, Microsoft Office, and Billing. 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

National Average: $40,402

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

For Accounting Specialists, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tulsa, 15 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 8 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 Battle Creek:
Pros: The most that I like about my job is that I am responsible and accountable for a small section of yhe accounting department.
Cons: I am doing entry level accounting , and I would like to do more.

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
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 439 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%
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Experience Affects Accounting Specialist Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

▲2%

National Average
$40,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Accounting Specialist Salaries





▲2%


▼0%


National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

Payroll Administration
▼1%



▼3%


▼4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 439 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 17%
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