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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. In the world of Entry-level Staff Accountants, overall income ranges from $25K near the bottom to $50K at the top; this can include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants (56 percent) survey respondents. Just under one in four of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the greater part claim dental coverage as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-level Staff Accountants. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,557 - $50,181
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,729
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$10.05 - $19.48
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,557 - $50,181  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,312  
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $5,068  
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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$24,797 - $49,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 701
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$12.50 - $28.94  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,312  
   
Profit Sharing
$97.87 - $5,068  
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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$24,797 - $49,979  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375

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Job Description for Entry-level Staff Accountant

An Entry-level Staff Accountant is responsible for overseeing a company's various financial activities. He or she will work in the accounting department performing data entry, record keeping and journal entry, bank deposits, payment collection, auditing, and other financial duties as needed. A Staff Accountant must have both excellent written and verbal communication skills to ensure that no mistakes are made in calculating the company's financial dealings; working with money is a sensitive task and must be handled with care. For this reason, a high proficiency is mathematics is also extremely important. Though the position is entry level, experience in accounting through a previous job or through schoolwork is desirable. A bachelor's degree or higher in accounting/finance is often required. An Entry-Level Staff Accountant must also be highly motivated and detail-oriented, as well as efficient and hardworking to keep up with various financial deadlines. He or she must have adequate computer skills in order to use the company's preferred accounting software. Depending on the employer, the accountant may also be responsible for answering phone calls and interacting with customers, so good customer service skills are a plus. Though there may be some instances where the accountant will have to lift or move boxes of files, the work is mostly mental. A staff accountant will usually work in an office or cubicle with other members of the accounting department. The hours will typically be normal, daytime business hours, unless the company is open late or on weekends. A reliable mode of transportation is essential, as the staff accountant will almost certainly be working on-site.


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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There are some Entry-level Staff Accountants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Auditing Managers, where earnings are an average $84K annually. A common career progression for an Entry-level Staff Accountant is to become a Staff Accountant or a Senior Accountant. Compared to Entry-level Staff Accountants, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $22K more.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Entry-level Staff Accountants seem to wield many skills on the job. Lucky workers who know Auditing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 24 percent above average. Tax Compliance and Financial Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 24 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. Most people familiar with 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
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Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 24%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 11%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 11%

Accounting
up arrow 9%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 8%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$36,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 23%
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