Associate Accountant Salary

Associate Accountants in the United States take home approximately $47K per year on average. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most workers in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Women Associate Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$38,485 - $60,766
$38K
$47K
$61K
MEDIAN: $47,419
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50%
90%

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$14.50 - $25.20
$14
$19
$25
MEDIAN: $19.45
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$38,485 - $60,766  
   
Bonus
$789 - $5,113  
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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$34,949 - $59,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 209
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.50 - $25.20  
   
Overtime
$26.43 - $38.77  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$789 - $5,113  
   
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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$34,949 - $59,946  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 67

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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

  • 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 Associate Accountant


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Associate Accountants who go on to become Senior Financial Analysts may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Financial Analysts is $76K annually. The most common promotion for Associate Accountants is Senior Accountant, a position that typically pays $60K annually. Another standard transition for Associate Accountants seeking advancement is to assume a Staff Accountant role, where pay is often $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 General Ledger Accounting, Financial Reporting, Tax Preparation, and Accounts Payable are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting and Auditing. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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 $47K on average. It may be worth noting that those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a lower median salary of $46K. Associate Accountants see a median salary of $49K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Associate Accountants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $55K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,041

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

Albany is home to an above-average pay rate for Associate Accountants, 46 percent higher than the national average. Associate Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+24 percent), Los Angeles (+24 percent), Boston (+18 percent), and Austin (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 3 percent below the national average.

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Key Stats for Associate Accountant

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%
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Experience Affects Associate Accountant Salaries

▲17%

▲4%

National Average
$47,000

▼1%

▼2%

Skills That Affect Associate Accountant Salaries



Tax Preparation
▲1%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Accounts Payable
▼0%

Financial Analysis
▼0%

National Average
$47,000


Auditing
▼3%

Accounting
▼5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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