Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $41K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $3K, overall incomes of Entry-level Staff Accountants spread between $29K and $53K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Women make up the majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants (66 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and slightly more than a fifth lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by a strong majority and dental coverage is claimed by the greater part. The majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,868 - $54,593
$31K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,022
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$11.94 - $20.85
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MEDIAN: $16.63
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,868 - $54,593  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,580  
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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$29,195 - $52,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 491
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.94 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$17.30 - $32.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,883  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,580  
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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$29,195 - $52,902  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 251
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Job Description for Entry-level Staff Accountant

An entry-level staff accountant works in the financial industry. Somebody in this type of position will have a variety of different duties that they must perform on a day to day basis. Every company that needs a person in this type of position is different, though they all need somebody to look over their finances and to assist with auditing and taxes. Some companies may require more duties of their entry-level staff accountants, depending on what the company needs.

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Entry-level Staff Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare financial reports for staff accountants or accounting managers to analyze and use for decision making.
  • Assist with the preparation and development of key financial reports.
  • Work with other financial and organizational staff to assure compliance with internal and external accounting practices.

Common Career Paths for Entry-level Staff Accountant


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Though it's uncommon, some Entry-level Staff Accountants move into roles as Auditing Managers, where pay is an average $84K per year. Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants are common next-step roles for Entry-level Staff Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $4K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Senior Accountants.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Survey results imply that Entry-level Staff Accountants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, General Ledger Accounting, Accounting, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Data Entry and Bookkeeping. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Accounts Payable, Bookkeeping, and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $40K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $39K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Entry-level Staff Accountants who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $39,861

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

For Entry-level Staff Accountants, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-level Staff Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Miami (+15 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Columbus (+12 percent), and Cincinnati (+12 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers also pay below the national average in Los Angeles (8 percent lower) and Grand Rapids (4 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.
Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

▲10%

Late-Career
▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$40,000

▼1%

Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
▲17%

General Ledger Accounting
▲6%

Accounting
▲5%

Tax Preparation
▲4%



Auditing
▲2%


Financial Analysis
▲1%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$40,000


▼1%

▼3%

Payroll Administration
▼3%

Data Entry
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 59 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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