Assistant Accountant Salary

Earnings for Assistant Accountants in the United States come in at around $15.06 per hour on average. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Most Assistant Accountants survey respondents are women (75 percent). Although approximately one in three lack health benefits of any kind, a majority do enjoy medical insurance, and approximately half get dental coverage, too. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,365 - $54,916
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,444
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$10.15 - $20.86
(Median)
$10
$15
$21
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,365 - $54,916  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,101  
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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$23,111 - $50,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 281
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $20.86  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $33.41  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,101  
   
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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$23,111 - $50,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 360
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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 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 can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Bookkeeping. It is often found that people who know Accounts Payable are 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $33K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $37K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Assistant Accountants make a median salary of $40K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make no more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage.

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 (+12 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Miami. Employers in Dallas and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries




National Average
$35,000


Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 31%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 119 votes.

Gender

Female
75 %
Male
25 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
47%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 64% dental benefits Dental: 48%
vision benefits Vision: 35% employee benefits None: 34%
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