Accounting Technician Salary

Median pay for Accounting Technicians in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $16.76 per hour. Compensation ranges between $12.32 per hour and $22.07. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Women make up the vast majority of Accounting Technicians (85 percent) who answered the questionnaire. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half 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.

$28,222 - $49,944
(Median)
$28K
$37K
$50K
MEDIAN: $36,577
10%
50%
90%

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$12.32 - $22.07
(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
$28,222 - $49,944  
   
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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$26,877 - $48,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$12.32 - $22.07  
   
Overtime
$17.67 - $35.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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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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$26,877 - $48,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 350
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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.

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While Accounting Technicians do not often become Accountants, the job pays $44K per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Accounting Technician


Accounting Technicians generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Accounting, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Receivable 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. 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.


Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $34K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $37K. Accounting Technicians claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $36K. Accounting Technicians who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $40K.

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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
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Payroll Administration
0%

Budgeting
0%

National Average
$36,000

General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Office
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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
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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