Associate Accountant Salary

Pay for Associate Accountants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $46K per year. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Associate Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women Associate Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$35,574 - $58,968
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$59K
MEDIAN: $45,987
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 may progress into high-paying roles like Senior Financial Analyst, where median compensation is $75K annually. 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 $59K per year. Another common career choice for Associate Accountants is to move into a Staff Accountant role. Typically, Staff Accountants get paid $44K.

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Popular Skills for Associate Accountant


Survey results suggest that Associate Accountants put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounts Payable. Most people who know 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $45K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $45K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $49K. For some reason, Associate Accountants with more than two decades of experience report lower paychecks overall; the median sum in this group sits near $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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