Assistant Accountant Salary

An average Assistant Accountant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $15.57 per hour. Residence and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — more than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than two-fifths receive dental plans. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Female Assistant Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$27,777 - $58,379
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$42K
$58K
MEDIAN: $41,742
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$10.96 - $21.23
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MEDIAN: $15.57
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$0$58K
Salary $27,777 - $58,379
Bonus $244.68 - $4,122
Profit Sharing $1,720
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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$24,373 - $53,769
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 172
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $10.96 - $21.23
Overtime $18.10 - $34.12
Annual Data $0$53K
Bonus $244.68 - $4,122
Profit Sharing $1,720
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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$24,373 - $53,769
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 25 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 213

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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

  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Accountant


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There are some Assistant Accountants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Financial Controllers, where earnings are an average $77K annually. Typical career progression for an Assistant Accountant involves becoming an Accountant or a Staff Accountant, roles that pay $8K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Survey results suggest that Assistant Accountants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Microsoft Excel. Those proficient in Accounts Payable are, more often than not, also skilled in Accounts Receivable and Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Accountant

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 282 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 83 salaries. An experienced Assistant Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 68 salaries. An Assistant Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $45,000 based on 41 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,997

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

For Assistant Accountants, busy Boston offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in San Diego. Employers pay around 8 percent less in Chicago and 7 percent less in Dallas, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Accountant?

Assistant Accountant in St. Augustine:
"Trustworthy."
Pros: Helping the company stay on top of who is abusing they credit card preivlagies and taking advantage of the company.
Cons: Coworkers abusing my kindness to put their work off on me.

Assistant Accountant in New York:
"Accounting Assistant."
Pros: New career, stable, clear way to progress, opportunities to grow.
Cons: Being under strict supervision, being every day reminded about different deadlines and being unable to build daily processes to my own convenience.

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Key Stats for Assistant Accountant

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries

▲20%

▲10%

▲3%

National Average
$37,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries





National Average
$37,000

▼1%

Tax Preparation
▼1%


▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 61%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 37%
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