The average Associate Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $47K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. Among folks in this role, job satisfaction levels approximately match the national average. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$36,171 - $60,368
(Median)
$36K
$47K
$60K
MEDIAN: $46,700
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$13.88 - $25.45
(Median)
$14
$20
$25
MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$36,171 - $60,368  
   
Bonus
$750 - $5,042  
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$33,940 - $59,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 223
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $25.45  
   
Overtime
$25.47 - $38.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$750 - $5,042  
   
Profit Sharing
$3,000  
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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$33,940 - $59,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 80
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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 who transition into a Senior Financial Analyst role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $76K per year. Going from Associate Accountant to Senior Accountant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $60K. Many others choose to work as Staff Accountants, where pay is typically $44K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Accountant


Survey results show that Associate Accountants use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, General Ledger Accounting, Tax Preparation, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Accountant

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


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $45K. Associate Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects Associate Accountant Salaries



National Average
$46,000



Skills That Affect Associate Accountant Salaries


General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 4%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$46,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Auditing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
17%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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