Associate Accountant Salary

The average Associate Accountant in the United States earns approximately $45K annually. Incomes of Associate Accountants vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $33K on the low end and $58K on the high end. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Associate Accountants (52 percent) survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$34,997 - $57,273
(Median)
$35K
$45K
$57K
MEDIAN: $44,916
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$13.54 - $23.39
(Median)
$14
$18
$23
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$34,997 - $57,273  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
Profit Sharing
$507 - $4,932  
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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$33,051 - $57,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$13.54 - $23.39  
   
Overtime
$20.46 - $35.04  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,880  
   
Profit Sharing
$507 - $4,932  
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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$33,051 - $57,983  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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 go on to become Senior Financial Analysts may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Financial Analysts is $74K annually. An Associate Accountant may also move into a role as a Senior Accountant or a Staff Accountant.

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Popular Skills for Associate Accountant


Associate Accountants report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Auditing, Financial Reporting, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 25 percent, 18 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounts Payable. The majority of those 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.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $44K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $44K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Associate Accountants make a median salary of $46K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

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Experience Affects Associate Accountant Salaries


Late-Career
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National Average
$44,000


Skills That Affect Associate Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 25%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 18%

Accounting
up arrow 8%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

General Ledger Accounting
0%

Tax Preparation
0%

National Average
$44,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 3%

Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 72 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 10%