Assistant Accountant Salary

Assistant Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.09 per hour. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Assistant Accountants survey respondents are women (78 percent). Job satisfaction for Assistant Accountants is high. One-third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, the larger part report medical coverage and one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 (?
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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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Assistant Accountants do not often transition into Financial Controller roles. The role averages $77K per year. When Assistant Accountants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Staff Accountants or Accountants. Those roles pay an additional $8K and $8K, 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 pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $33K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $38K. Assistant Accountants see a median salary of $41K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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

National Average: $35,652

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Assistant Accountants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent) and New York (+15 percent). Miami ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 12 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in San Diego and Dallas (5 percent less).

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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
0%

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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