Cost Accountant Salary

The average salary for a Cost Accountant is $54,890 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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$40,850 - $74,782
$41K
$55K
$75K
MEDIAN: $54,963
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$14.72 - $26.79
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MEDIAN: $19.80
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,850 - $74,782  
   
Bonus
$302.70 - $6,091  
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $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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$39,257 - $75,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 835
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $26.79  
   
Overtime
$22.04 - $39.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$302.70 - $6,091  
   
Profit Sharing
$148.99 - $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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$39,257 - $75,885  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 137

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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 by Experience Level for Cost Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Cost Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Cost Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 578 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Cost Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 256 salaries. An experienced Cost Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 210 salaries. A Cost Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $64,000 based on 95 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,483

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Key Stats for Cost Accountant

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.
Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Cost Accountant Salaries

▲17%

▲16%

▲10%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 135 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%
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