Cost Accountant Salary

A Cost Accountant earns an average salary of $51,939 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. A skill in SAP Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is associated with high pay for this job.
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$38,601 - $70,268

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$14.13 - $28.26

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$38,601 - $70,268  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,059  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,856  
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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$36,543 - $71,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,362
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $28.26  
   
Overtime
$21.08 - $41.30  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $4,856  
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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$36,543 - $71,998  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 221
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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

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

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Experience Affects Cost Accountant Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Cost Accountant Salaries



ERP
up arrow 7%



Cost Accounting
up arrow 3%

Data Analysis
0%

National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Access
up arrow 2%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%


Accounting
up arrow 6%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 274 votes.

Gender

Female
51 %
Male
49 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
6%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 11%
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