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Accounting Technician Salary

Accounting Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.70 per hour. Lower pay rates hover around $12.30 per hour, and the higher rates verge on $22.11. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. There are far more female Accounting Technicians who answered the questionnaire than men, making up 85 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and the greater part earn dental coverage. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,127 - $48,928
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,348
10%
50%
90%

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$12.30 - $22.11
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,127 - $48,928  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,648  
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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$26,962 - $47,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 282
National Hourly Rate 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$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.30 - $22.11  
   
Overtime
$17.52 - $34.77  
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 - $1,648  
   
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).
)
$26,962 - $47,772  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 318

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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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Though some Accounting Technicians move into positions like Accountant (where the average salary is $43K), this progression is not the norm.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician


Accounting Technicians report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. 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. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $34K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $36K in this role. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $40K.

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Experience Affects Accounting Technician Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Accounting Technician Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$36,000

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Budgeting
up arrow 1%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 23%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
85 %
Male
15 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 57% employee benefits None: 14%