Associate Accountant Salary

An average Associate Accountant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $45K per year. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Work is enjoyable for Associate Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$35,219 - $57,634

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$13.09 - $23.83

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,219 - $57,634  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
Profit Sharing
$900 - $2,000  
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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$32,936 - $58,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.09 - $23.83  
   
Overtime
$18.90 - $36.05  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,029  
   
Profit Sharing
$900 - $2,000  
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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$32,936 - $58,281  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104
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Job Description for Associate Accountant

An associate accountant is primarily responsible for managing the accounts payable processes of the company, including payments on vendor invoices, audits and requests for funds from other departments of the company, and recordkeeping pertaining to accounts; these records can include reconciliation of accounts, journal entries, receipts, and lockbox logs. Additionally, associate accountants review reports from other employees to ensure that they are accurate and complete. Associate accountants generally work full time in an office environment and are not required to travel. Associate accountants often report directly to a general accountant, and they may be required to perform additional tasks as requested by the general accountant or other managers.

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Associate 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 Associate Accountant


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Associate Accountants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Financial Analyst. The average Senior Financial Analyst brings home $75K per year. As Associate Accountants progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Accountants. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $58K per year. Another common career choice for Associate Accountants is to move into a Staff Accountant role. Typically, Staff Accountants get paid $43K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Accountant


Survey results suggest that Associate Accountants use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Financial Reporting, Accounting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 19 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Accountant

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


Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $45K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $45K. Associate Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $48K. Associate Accountants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $47K.

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Experience Affects Associate Accountant Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 4%



National Average
$45,000

Skills That Affect Associate Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 19%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 15%

Accounting
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 2%

Tax Preparation
0%

National Average
$45,000

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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