Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $40K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-level Staff Accountants approaches anywhere from $26K on the lower end to $51K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $5K from profit sharing. Geography and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-level Staff Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Some workers in this field β€” nearly one in five β€” are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Women Entry-level Staff Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,034 - $51,376
(Median)
$30K
$40K
$51K
MEDIAN: $39,704
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$10.20 - $20.11
(Median)
$10
$15
$20
MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$30,034 - $51,376  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,787  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
Commission
$425.00  
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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$25,905 - $51,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 655
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$10.20 - $20.11  
   
Overtime
$16.49 - $31.55  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,787  
   
Commission
$425.00  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,045  
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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$25,905 - $51,021  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 323
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Entry-level Staff Accountants move into roles as Auditing Managers, where pay is an average $84K per year. 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 $6K more on average, and the second group earns $21K more.

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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 General Ledger Accounting, Auditing, Accounting, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 18 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Bookkeeping, and Quickbooks. For most people, competency in Microsoft Excel indicates knowledge of Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, 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.


Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $38K on average. Interestingly, those who have worked for five to 10 years report receiving a smaller median salary of $35K. Entry-level Staff Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $36K. Entry-level Staff Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are no higher than those with 10 to 20 years on the job.

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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries


National Average
$37,000

Experienced
up arrow 3%

Late-Career
up arrow 4%


Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 18%

Auditing
up arrow 15%

Accounting
up arrow 12%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 9%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 6%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 6%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
0%

National Average
$37,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 5%

Quickbooks
up arrow 5%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 80 votes.

Gender

Female
58 %
Male
42 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
40%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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