Assistant Accountant Salary

The average Assistant Accountant in the United States earns approximately $15.04 per hour. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and nearly one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by one-half. Female Assistant Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 75 percent. Work is enjoyable for Assistant Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$28,446 - $55,273

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$10.16 - $20.80

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$28,446 - $55,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,101  
Profit Sharing
$600 - $5,250  
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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$23,219 - $50,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 284
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.16 - $20.80  
   
Overtime
$12.26 - $33.75  
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 - $3,101  
   
Profit Sharing
$600 - $5,250  
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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$23,219 - $50,889  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 356
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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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It's not very common for Assistant Accountants to move on to become Financial Controllers. Average pay for a Financial Controller is $77K annually. The most common next step for an Assistant Accountant is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accountant. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $8K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Survey results show that Assistant Accountants use a fair number of 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, Bookkeeping, and Tax Preparation. The majority of those who know Accounts Payable also 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $33K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $38K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $40K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Assistant Accountants in Los Angeles enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 32 percent above the national average. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+29 percent) and New York (+11 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. Workers in Dallas and Chicago earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (5 percent less and 4 percent less, 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 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Payroll Administration
0%

National Average
$35,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 5%



Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 116 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
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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