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Assistant Accountant Salary

Median pay for Assistant Accountants in the United States is around $15.07 per hour. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. One-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and slightly less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Assistant Accountants making up 73 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$26,525 - $54,895
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MEDIAN: $39,035
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$10.25 - $20.67
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National Salary Data

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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$26,525 - $54,895  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,953  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,500  
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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$23,009 - $50,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.25 - $20.67  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $32.49  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $2,953  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $2,500  
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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$23,009 - $50,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 396
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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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While Assistant Accountants do not often become Financial Controllers, the job pays $77K per year on average. Staff Accountants or Accountants are common next-step roles for Assistant Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $9K higher on average, and it's $9K higher for Accountants.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Assistant Accountants generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Accounts Payable, Microsoft Excel, Payroll Administration, and Accounts Receivable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Accountant

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


Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $32K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. Assistant Accountants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $39K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 33 percent, Assistant Accountants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+32 percent) and New York (+5 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in Miami.

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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries




National Average
$34,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries

Accounts Payable
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National Average
$34,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 33%