Accounting Technician Salary (United States)

A typical Accounting Technician in the United States can expect to take home roughly $16.70 per hour. The range in pay spans from $12.19 per hour to $22.37. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Accounting Technicians is high. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
Accounting Technician Salary (?
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$27,796 - $48,261
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $36,263
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Accounting Technician Salary (?
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$12.19 - $22.37
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$27,796 - $48,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
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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$26,733 - $47,703  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.19 - $22.37  
   
Overtime
$16.13 - $34.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,495  
   
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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$26,733 - $47,703  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 273
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Job Description for Accounting Technician

Accounting technicians may work in a variety of environments, including in financial, clerical, or support roles. They perform a variety of duties for accounting firms or departments, such as preparing accounts, handling invoices, handle bookkeeping, and monitor budgets They also often monitor departmental resources, manage payroll, write reports, and audit work.
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Accounting Technician Tasks
  • Sort documents and post debits/credits to proper account .
  • Verify amounts and codes on various forms for accuracy.
  • Balance entries and make necessary corrections.
  • Maintain and make necessary adjustments to records and/or logs such as journals, payroll/ time reports, or property records.
  • Verify and reconcile simple bank statements or department records.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Technician

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Additional career progression can lead to an increase in pay for Accounting Technicians. At the upper end, those who move into a Staff Accountant role can bring in an extra $7,108 per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician

Accounting Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Microsoft Excel and Accounting are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 6 percent and 4 percent respectively. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. General Ledger Accounting and Microsoft Office also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Salaries increase to $37K from around $34K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, compensation comes in at $36K. After two decades in the field, Accounting Technicians continue to experience steady salary growth, and typical compensation averages $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up about a third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; more than half of respondents fall in this range.

Pay Difference By Location

Las Vegas
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Seattle
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Raleigh
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Anchorage
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Denver
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National Average
$36,000
Greensboro
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Oklahoma City
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Helena
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For Accounting Technicians, working in the bustling city of Las Vegas has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Accounting Technicians will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+30 percent), Raleigh (+11 percent), Anchorage (+7 percent), and Denver (+1 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Accounting Technicians in Helena earning a whopping 22 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Oklahoma City (-9 percent) and Greensboro (-7 percent).

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Experience Affects Accounting Technician Salaries

National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Accounting Technician Salaries

Accounting
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Payroll Administration
0%
National Average
$36,000
Budgeting
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%
General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%
Data Entry
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 131 votes.

Gender

Female
85%
female alumni
 
Male
15%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 71%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 12%
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