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Accounting Technician Salary (United States)

Accounting Technicians in the United States can typically expect wages of $16.70 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $12.19 per hour to $22.37. Geographic location 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. The vast majority (85 percent) of Accounting Technicians are female. Work is enjoyable for Accounting Technicians, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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  
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  
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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Accounting Technicians may experience a boost if they go on to an upper-level role like Staff Accountant. Staff Accountants tend to make $43K annually.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician

Survey results imply that Accounting Technicians put a diverse skill set to use. 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. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Technician

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $34K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $37K. Accounting Technicians see a median salary of $36K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $41K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes. Age distribution in this workforce is concentrated between one and nine years of experience; slightly more than half of respondents fall in this range. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up slightly less than 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 roughly an eighth.

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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Accounting Technicians will find that Las Vegas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 59 percent. Accounting Technicians can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+30 percent), Raleigh (+11 percent), Anchorage (+7 percent), and Denver (+1 percent). Compared to the national average, Helena Accounting Technicians have considerably lower salaries, 22 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Oklahoma City and Greensboro (9 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

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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
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Data Entry
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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%