Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (United States)

An Entry-level Staff Accountant earns an average salary of $38,380 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 10 years' experience. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Auditing and Financial Analysis. This job's salary does not change very much with experience.
Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (?
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$29,582 - $50,148
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MEDIAN: $38,380
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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary (?
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$9.94 - $19.44
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National Salary Data

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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,582 - $50,148  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,511  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,008  
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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$24,541 - $49,798  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 965
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$9.94 - $19.44  
   
Overtime
$12.98 - $29.57  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,511  
   
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,008  
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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$24,541 - $49,798  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 495
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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.

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$36,000
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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Experienced
0%
National Average
$36,000

Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 30%
Financial Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Accounting
up arrow 8%
Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
0%
Tax Preparation
0%
National Average
$36,000
Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Accounts Receivable
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Bookkeeping
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Quickbooks
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Payroll Administration
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Gender

Female
57%
female alumni
 
Male
43%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
52%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 56%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%
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