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Assistant Accountant Salary

Assistant Accountants in the United States take home an average $15.08 per hour. Geography and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Assistant Accountants making up 75 percent. Some workers in this field — nearly one-third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a little less than half. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,125 - $54,971
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,383
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$10.12 - $20.89
(Median)
$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
$28,125 - $54,971  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,071  
Profit Sharing
$583 - $2,543  
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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$23,005 - $50,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 273
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.12 - $20.89  
   
Overtime
$12.28 - $33.30  
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 - $3,071  
   
Profit Sharing
$583 - $2,543  
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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$23,005 - $50,453  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 367
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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 not the most common occurrence, Assistant Accountants sometimes become Financial Controllers, where the average income is $77K per year. Assistant Accountants typically move into roles as Staff Accountants or Accountants, and those positions pay $8K more and $9K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Survey results imply that Assistant Accountants put a diverse skill set to use. Fortunate workers who know General Ledger Accounting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. Those educated in Accounts Payable tend to be well versed 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.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $33K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $40K in this role. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Accountants, Boston provides a pay rate that is 31 percent greater than the national average. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+30 percent) and New York (+11 percent). Miami is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent.

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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 26%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$35,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 128 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

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