Accounting Technician Salary (United States)

Salaries for Accounting Technicians in the United States lie in the neighborhood of $16.70 per hour. Pay generally spreads from $12.19 per hour to $22.37. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most enjoy medical and dental coverage in this occupation, and more than half get vision benefits. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
Accounting Technician Salary (?
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$27,796 - $48,261
(Median)
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48K
MEDIAN: $36,263
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Accounting Technician Salary (?
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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$12.19 - $22.37
(Median)
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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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For Accounting Technicians, career progression may result in a slight increase in compensation. Typically, a Staff Accountant, an upper-level role, can earn an extra $7,108 annually than those further down the career ladder.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician

Survey results imply that Accounting Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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. It is often found that people who know Accounts Payable are also skilled 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. Those with one to two decades of experience under their belt tend to see salaries around $36K. Wages continue to improve for Accounting Technicians after 20 years in the field, and salaries border $41K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up around one third of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. More than half of the workforce has between one and nine years of experience.

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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With a pay rate for Accounting Technicians that is 59 percent greater than the national average, Las Vegas offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Other big spenders include Seattle, Raleigh, Anchorage, and Denver, top-paying cities where Accounting Technicians see paychecks higher than average (+30 percent, +11 percent, +7 percent, and +1 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Helena Accounting Technicians earning much less—22 percent less—than the national average. Workers in Oklahoma City and Greensboro earn less than others in this profession; their -9 percent and -7 percent-salaries fall short of the national average.

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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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