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Accounting Technician Salary

The average Accounting Technician in the United States earns approximately $16.64 per hour. Compensation ranges from $12.24 per hour on the lower end to $22.06 on the higher end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority of Accounting Technicians (85 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. For the most part, Accounting Technicians enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,211 - $49,228
(Median)
$28K
$36K
$49K
MEDIAN: $36,453
10%
50%
90%

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$12.24 - $22.06
(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
$28,211 - $49,228  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,664  
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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$26,888 - $47,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.24 - $22.06  
   
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 - $1,664  
   
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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$26,888 - $47,959  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 324

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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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While not commonly seen, Accounting Technicians who transition into an Accountant position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Accountants is $43K per year.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Microsoft Excel, 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.


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $34K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $37K on average. Accounting Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $40K on average.

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Experience Affects Accounting Technician Salaries



National Average
$36,000



Skills That Affect Accounting Technician Salaries

Microsoft Excel
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Accounting
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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National Average
$36,000

Payroll Administration
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Budgeting
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General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
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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
22%
10-19 years
31%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 83% dental benefits Dental: 70%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 14%
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