Accounting Technician Salary

Accounting Technicians in the United States can expect to earn an average of $16.76 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.33 per hour and $22.06. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most Accounting Technicians like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the greater part collect dental insurance. Among survey respondents, women are more common than men; 85 percent of Accounting Technicians are female. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$28,317 - $49,967
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,589
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$12.33 - $22.06
(Median)
$12
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $16.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$28,317 - $49,967  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,677  
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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$26,934 - $48,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $22.06  
   
Overtime
$17.71 - $35.33  
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 - $1,677  
   
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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$26,934 - $48,592  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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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 do not often transition into Accountant roles. The role averages $44K 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 Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Accounts Receivable, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Those listing Data Entry as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Microsoft Office and General Ledger Accounting also typically command lower compensation. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $35K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $37K. 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
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

Budgeting
0%

National Average
$36,000

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%

Data Entry
up arrow 24%

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
30%
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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