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Accounting Technician Salary

Median pay for Accounting Technicians in the United States is around $16.70 per hour. Earnings sit near $12.15 per hour on the lower side but can approach $22.20 on the higher side. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women account for the majority of Accounting Technicians who took the survey — 86 percent to be exact. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$27,979 - $48,107
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$48K
MEDIAN: $36,200
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50%
90%

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$12.15 - $22.20
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
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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
$27,979 - $48,107  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,510  
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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$26,776 - $47,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 255
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.15 - $22.20  
   
Overtime
$16.83 - $35.13  
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 - $1,510  
   
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).
)
$26,776 - $47,521  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 293
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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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Accounting Technicians who advance into the role of an Accountant are fairly uncommon. Accountants on average earn $43K per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician


Survey results show that Accounting Technicians use a fair number of 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 educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Technician

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $34K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $37K on average. Accounting Technicians bring in $36K after working for 10 to 20 years. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $40K.

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Experience Affects Accounting Technician Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Accounting Technician Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$36,000

Budgeting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 8%

Data Entry
up arrow 25%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
86 %
Male
14 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 13%