Assistant Accountant Salary

Median pay for Assistant Accountants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $15.03 per hour. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. While some workers in this profession — about a third — do not have any health coverage, more than half do receive medical benefits and just under one-half have dental insurance. Most Assistant Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Assistant Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 74 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$28,120 - $55,036
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,403
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$10.10 - $20.62
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$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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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$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,120 - $55,036  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,032  
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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$22,834 - $49,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 257
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.62  
   
Overtime
$12.32 - $32.65  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,032  
   
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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$22,834 - $49,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 368

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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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Assistant Accountants do not often transition into Financial Controller roles. The role averages $77K per year. Assistant Accountants most often move into positions as Staff Accountants or Accountants; those groups report median salaries that are $9K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Assistant Accountants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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. 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.


Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $32K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Assistant Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. 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


Surpassing the national average by 32 percent, Assistant Accountants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent) and New York (+13 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries

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Microsoft Excel
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Accounts Receivable
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Tax Preparation
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National Average
$35,000



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 34%