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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (United States)

Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $38K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-level Staff Accountants bottoms out near $25K and approaches $50K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Some workers in this field — somewhere between a fifth and a fourth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Job satisfaction for Entry-level Staff Accountants is high. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (?
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$29,556 - $50,110
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MEDIAN: $38,494
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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (?
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$10.00 - $19.43
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,556 - $50,110  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,635  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,040  
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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$24,695 - $49,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 853
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Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $19.43  
   
Overtime
$14.50 - $29.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,040  
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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$24,695 - $49,849  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 444
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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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Entry-level Staff Accountants do not often transition into Auditing Manager roles. The role averages $84K per year. It is quite typical for Entry-level Staff Accountants to transition into roles as Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants, where reported median earnings are $7K and $22K higher per year.

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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, facility with Auditing, Financial Analysis, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 30 percent, 11 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Quickbooks, and Bookkeeping. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Financial Reporting.

Pay Difference By Location

Dallas
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Denver
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Washington
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San Diego
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New York
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Miami
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Chicago
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National Average
$36,000
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Los Angeles
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Entry-level Staff Accountants will find that Dallas offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 23 percent. Entry-level Staff Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+12 percent), Washington (+11 percent), San Diego (+6 percent), and New York (+5 percent). Los Angeles ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average.

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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
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Financial Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Tax Preparation
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$36,000
Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Bookkeeping
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Quickbooks
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
56%
female alumni
 
Male
44%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 23%