Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Median pay for Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $42K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-level Staff Accountants can bottom out near $29K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Location and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants who responded to the questionnaire — 67 percent to be exact. The majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$31,362 - $54,698
$31K
$42K
$55K
MEDIAN: $41,521
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$11.92 - $20.86
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MEDIAN: $16.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$31,362 - $54,698  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
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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$29,210 - $53,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 507
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.92 - $20.86  
   
Overtime
$17.36 - $32.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
   
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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$29,210 - $53,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270

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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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While not commonly seen, Entry-level Staff Accountants who transition into an Auditing Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Auditing Managers is $84K per year. 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 $4K and $20K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Entry-level Staff Accountants seem to require a rather large skill set. 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, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Administration. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Accounts Payable, Bookkeeping, and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Pay by Experience for an Entry-level Staff Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Entry-level Staff Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $40,000 based on 696 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Entry-level Staff Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 42 salaries. An experienced Entry-level Staff Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 29 salaries. An Entry-level Staff Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 10 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $40,004

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Entry-level Staff Accountants will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 24 percent. Entry-level Staff Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Miami (+15 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), Columbus (+11 percent), and Cincinnati (+11 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 12 percent south of the national average. Workers in Los Angeles and Grand Rapids earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 5 percent less, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as an Entry-level Staff Accountant?

Entry-level Staff Accountant in Dallas:
"Able to make my appointments."
Pros: I can call in late if needed, schedule my doctor's appointment and leave early if needed to make my doctors appointments friendly people.
Cons: I don't like the traffic.

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Key Stats for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.
Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

▲9%

Late-Career
▲4%

National Average
$40,000

▼1%

▼2%

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%

National Average
$40,000

Microsoft Excel
▼1%


▼1%

Payroll Administration
▼3%

▼4%

Data Entry
▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 61 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 49%
no benefits
None: 22%
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