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Assistant Accountant Salary

Assistant Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $15.05 per hour on average. Location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Assistant Accountants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to a third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by just under one-half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$28,338 - $55,051
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,415
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$10.10 - $20.79
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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90%

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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
$28,338 - $55,051  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,067  
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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$22,949 - $50,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 269
National Hourly Rate 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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.10 - $20.79  
   
Overtime
$12.39 - $32.89  
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 - $3,067  
   
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).
)
$22,949 - $50,298  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 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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Though some Assistant Accountants move into positions like Financial Controller (where the average salary is $77K), this progression is not the norm. Assistant Accountants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Staff Accountants or Accountants. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Survey results suggest that Assistant Accountants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Fortunate workers who know General Ledger Accounting command much higher paychecks, scoring salaries 22 percent above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of 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 $33K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $37K. Assistant Accountants bring in $40K after working for 10 to 20 years. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Assistant Accountants that is 31 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. 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 22%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$35,000

Tax Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 129 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 63% dental benefits Dental: 47%
vision benefits Vision: 34% employee benefits None: 34%
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