Assistant Accountant Salary

Earnings for Assistant Accountants in the United States come in at around $15.01 per hour on average. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Assistant Accountants making up 75 percent. Job satisfaction for Assistant Accountants is high. Approximately one in three of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and roughly one-half claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$28,391 - $54,878
(Median)
$28K
$39K
$55K
MEDIAN: $39,496
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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
$28,391 - $54,878  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
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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$23,124 - $50,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.15 - $20.86  
   
Overtime
$12.31 - $33.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,096  
   
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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$23,124 - $50,429  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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There are some Assistant Accountants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Financial Controllers, where earnings are an average $77K annually. A common career progression for an Assistant Accountant is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accountant. Compared to Assistant Accountants, the first group earns $8K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Survey results suggest that Assistant Accountants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Fortunate workers who know General Ledger Accounting can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 31 percent above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like 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.


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 $37K. Assistant Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Assistant Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't higher than those with 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location


For Assistant Accountants, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 31 percent above the national average. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Boston (+30 percent) and New York (+12 percent). Trailing the national average by 14 percent, Miami is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas (5 percent lower) and Chicago (3 percent lower).

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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%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$35,000

Accounts Receivable
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Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%



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
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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