Accounting Specialist Salary

Accounting Specialists in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $42K annually. Final cash compensation to Accounting Specialists varies from around $30K to approximately $54K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $5K and $5K, respectively. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Specialists (82 percent) who answered the questionnaire. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,204 - $57,620
(Median)
$31K
$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,552
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$13.25 - $22.27
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,204 - $57,620  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,921  
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $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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$29,767 - $53,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,208
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.25 - $22.27  
   
Overtime
$19.17 - $33.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,921  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.94 - $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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$29,767 - $53,995  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,135
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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. The most common next step for an Accounting Specialist is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accounting Manager. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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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, 9 percent, and 3 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. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. 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, busy Chicago offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+13 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), Dallas (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). Falling short of the national average by 12 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Employers also pay below the national average in Indianapolis (8 percent lower) and San Antonio (7 percent lower).

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 3%

General Ledger Accounting
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Financial Analysis
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Accounting
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Payroll Administration
up arrow 2%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Quickbooks
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Payable
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Billing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 476 votes.

Gender

Female
82 %
Male
18 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
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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