Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Pay for Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States is very modest at just $39K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $4K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-level Staff Accountants can bottom out near $25K or peak near $50K depending on individual performance. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants (56 percent) survey respondents. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth lack coverage. On the flip side, a fair number have medical insurance and the greater part receive dental plans. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,490 - $50,466

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$10.11 - $19.77

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,490 - $50,466  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,200  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$25,015 - $50,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 663
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $19.77  
   
Overtime
$14.35 - $29.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,200  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$25,015 - $50,237  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Entry-level Staff Accountant


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While Entry-level Staff Accountants do not often become Auditing Managers, the job pays $84K per year on average. When Entry-level Staff Accountants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $22K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Survey takers working as Entry-level Staff Accountants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Accounting, Tax Compliance, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks and Payroll Administration. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Financial Reporting.

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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries


National Average
$36,000

Experienced
up arrow 2%


Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 17%

Accounting
up arrow 11%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 10%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 10%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 9%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
0%

National Average
$36,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 123 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
39%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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