Accounting Specialist Salary

Median pay for Accounting Specialists in the United States is around $42K per year, but employers in Chicago offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $48K. Accounting Specialists will also find cushy salaries in Denver (+14 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Dallas (+9 percent). This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$31,263 - $57,888

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$13.32 - $22.30

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$31,263 - $57,888  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,918  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,204  
Total Pay (?
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$29,819 - $54,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.32 - $22.30  
   
Overtime
$19.22 - $33.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,918  
   
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,204  
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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$29,819 - $54,007  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,164
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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. Accounting Specialists moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Staff Accountants or Accounting Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $4K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Specialist


The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (BNY Mellon) offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $36K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $33K to $43K.

Popular Skills for Accounting Specialist


Survey results imply that Accounting Specialists deploy 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 4 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Sales Tax Reports. 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $37K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $40K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $42K in this role. For some reason, Accounting Specialists with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

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 Analysis
up arrow 4%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

General Ledger Accounting
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Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Accounting
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Accounts Receivable
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Bookkeeping
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Billing
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Sales Tax Reports
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 478 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
26%
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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