Accounting Specialist Salary

Median pay for Accounting Specialists in the United States is around $17.62 per hour. Cash earnings for Accounting Specialists — including $7K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $30K to $55K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by experience level and the particular employer. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$32,531 - $60,073
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MEDIAN: $43,099
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$14.03 - $22.85
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$32,531 - $60,073  
   
Bonus
$501 - $6,772  
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,075  
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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$30,442 - $55,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 939
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.03 - $22.85  
   
Overtime
$20.60 - $36.43  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$501 - $6,772  
   
Profit Sharing
$225.00 - $5,075  
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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$30,442 - $55,223  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,156

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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 who transition into a Financial Controller role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $77K 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 $21K higher for Accounting Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Specialist


Pay for Accounting Specialists is best at Martin Brothers, which offers a median salary of $37K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $35K to $41K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Accounting Specialists seem to exploit a large range 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, with boosts between 4 percent and 11 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $37K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $41K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Accounting Specialists bring in $44K after working for 10 to 20 years. Respondents who boast more than 20 years of experience can't seem to boast paychecks reflecting that extensive experience, though; veteran Accounting Specialists report making only $41K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,856

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Chicago offers some of the highest pay in the country for Accounting Specialists, 23 percent above the national average. Accounting Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), Denver (+18 percent), Houston (+10 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). Cedar Falls ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 7 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Austin and Portland (6 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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 373 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Accounting Specialist Salaries

▲9%

▲4%

▲3%

National Average
$40,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Accounting Specialist Salaries




▲4%



▲2%


Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Payroll Administration
▼0%

National Average
$40,000



▼2%


▼3%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 373 votes.

Gender

Female
80 %
Male
20 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
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%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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