The average salary for a Cost Accountant is $54,469 per year. A skill in SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO) is associated with high pay for this job. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases somewhat, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.
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$40,613 - $73,807
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MEDIAN: $54,469
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$14.77 - $26.27
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MEDIAN: $19.75
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,613 - $73,807  
   
Bonus
$397.32 - $6,238  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,647  
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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$39,052 - $74,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 867
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$14.77 - $26.27  
   
Overtime
$22.07 - $38.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$397.32 - $6,238  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $7,647  
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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$39,052 - $74,986  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 134

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Job Description for Cost Accountant

A cost accountant performs routine and special analyses to help determine the type of operations and materials that are most cost effective for their organization. This accountant helps assess which products and raw materials are best suited to their company’s objectives, and they may be expected to create a costing system that can continuously evaluate the value of inventory and associated costs. The cost accountant should be able to determine and explain the factors that will cause costs to vary; strong research skills are essential to determine all of the costs associated with certain decisions. Additionally, cost accountants may need to document internal factors and controls that are affecting costs. The cost accountant often helps senior management to make key decisions, in some cases including decisions related to employees' salaries and product pricing.

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Cost Accountant Tasks

  • Analyzes monthly and quarterly ledger activities.
  • Prepares financial audit schedules and reports for management.
  • Ensures services and processes are in compliance with account practices and regulatory requirements.
  • Record and report the costs of manufacturing goods and providing services.

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,031

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Key Stats for Cost Accountant

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.
044
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Cost Accountant Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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