Assistant Accountant Salary

Average Assistant Accountants in the United States make around $15.29 per hour. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Assistant Accountants survey respondents are women (79 percent). Most Assistant Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. More than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and a little less than one-half claim dental coverage as well. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$28,705 - $57,026
$29K
$41K
$57K
MEDIAN: $40,997
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$10.76 - $21.18
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MEDIAN: $15.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$28,705 - $57,026  
   
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,463  
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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$24,179 - $54,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 195
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$10.76 - $21.18  
   
Overtime
$18.23 - $34.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$251.68 - $5,463  
   
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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$24,179 - $54,126  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 216

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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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Assistant Accountants sometimes assume positions such as Financial Controllers. That role pays $77K per year on average. Accountants or Staff Accountants are common next-step roles for Assistant Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Accountants is $8K higher on average, and it's $8K higher for Staff Accountants.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Accountant


Assistant Accountants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in General Ledger Accounting, Payroll Administration, Accounts Receivable, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of Accounts Receivable and Bookkeeping.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For many Assistant Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $34K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $38K. On average, Assistant Accountants make $41K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Assistant Accountant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $45K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $36,528

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

Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Assistant Accountants in Boston receive some of the highest pay in the country. Assistant Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Phoenix (+17 percent), New York (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+11 percent). Falling short of the national average by 8 percent, the area with the worst salaries is San Diego. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Dallas (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Assistant Accountant

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Assistant Accountant Salaries

▲22%

▲11%

▲5%

National Average
$37,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Assistant Accountant Salaries





▲1%

Tax Preparation
▼0%

National Average
$37,000


▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
79 %
Male
21 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
49%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 64%
dental benefits
Dental: 47%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 35%
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