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Accounting Specialist Salary

Accounting Specialists in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $42K annually. Total cash earnings of Accounting Specialists range from $30K on the low end to $54K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $5K and $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Accounting Specialists (82 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Accounting Specialists. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,047 - $57,505
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,527
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$13.21 - $22.30
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$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,047 - $57,505  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $5,361  
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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$29,682 - $54,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,185
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.21 - $22.30  
   
Overtime
$18.98 - $33.73  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,952  
   
Profit Sharing
$357.45 - $5,361  
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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$29,682 - $54,048  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,083

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Job Description for Accounting Specialist

  • 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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as an Assistant Controller. The average Assistant Controller brings home $64K per year. Typical career progression for an Accounting Specialist involves becoming a Staff Accountant or an Accounting Manager, roles that pay $4K more and $20K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Accounting Specialists report using a deep pool 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, 13 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $37K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $40K. Accounting Specialists bring in $42K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Accounting Specialists, working in the bustling city of Chicago has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), Dallas (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Orlando is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Indianapolis and San Antonio earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

Accounting Specialist Reviews

What is it like working as an Accounting Specialist?

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%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Bookkeeping
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 490 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%
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