Assistant Accountant Salary

Assistant Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $15.09 per hour on average. Geographic location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Assistant Accountants survey respondents are women (78 percent). While roughly a third report receiving no health benefits, the greater part do receive medical coverage, and approximately one-half have dental, as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,412 - $55,635
(Median)
$28K
$41K
$56K
MEDIAN: $40,948
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$10.10 - $20.57
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,412 - $55,635  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,250  
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$23,187 - $51,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 266
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.57  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.38  
Overtime
$13.18 - $33.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,250  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,050  
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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$23,187 - $51,493  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 335
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Job Description for Assistant Accountant

Assistant accountants aid in the day-to-day operations of an accounting department, typically reporting to a senior accountant or production accountant. Specific daily tasks vary based on whether or not an assistant accountant is hired by an individual accountant or an accounting firm.

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Assistant Accountant Tasks

  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Accountant


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Though some Assistant Accountants move into positions like Financial Controller (where the average salary is $77K), this progression is not the norm. Assistant Accountants typically move into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, and those positions pay $8K more and $8K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Assistant Accountants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Tax Preparation, Accounts Payable, and Payroll Administration are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Accountant

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


For Assistant Accountants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Accountants make a median salary of $41K. Assistant Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,652

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Boston is home to an above-average pay rate for Assistant Accountants, 28 percent higher than the national average. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent) and New York (+15 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 12 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 5 percent below the median salary for those in this field in San Diego and Dallas.

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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries




National Average
$36,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries


Tax Preparation
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Accounts Payable
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National Average
$36,000

Microsoft Excel
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Accounts Receivable
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
78 %
Male
22 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 65%
dental benefits
Dental: 48%
medical benefits
Vision: 37%
dental benefits
None: 34%
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