Associate Accountant Salary

Associate Accountants in the United States take home an average $46K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Associate Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$35,574 - $58,968
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$59K
MEDIAN: $45,987
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50%
90%

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$13.31 - $24.43
(Median)
$13
$19
$24
MEDIAN: $19.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$35,574 - $58,968  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,073  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
Commission
$3,600  
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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$33,557 - $59,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 342
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.31 - $24.43  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $36.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,073  
   
Commission
$3,600  
Profit Sharing
$1,800  
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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$33,557 - $59,232  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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 $75K per year. Going from Associate Accountant to Senior Accountant is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $59K. Many others choose to work as Staff Accountants, where pay is typically $44K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Accountant


Associate Accountants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Financial Reporting, Accounting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent in Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for Associate Accountant

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. For Associate Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $47K.

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Experience Affects Associate Accountant Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect Associate Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 17%


Accounting
up arrow 5%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Financial Analysis
0%

National Average
$45,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 70%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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