Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants aren't exactly in the most profitable line of business; these folks earn a belt-tightening average of $39K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-level Staff Accountants — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $25K to approximately $50K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. The majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and a majority have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants (57 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,513 - $50,306
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,814
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$10.11 - $19.74
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$20
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,513 - $50,306  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,149  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$25,004 - $50,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 660
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.11 - $19.74  
   
Overtime
$14.25 - $29.31  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,149  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,106  
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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$25,004 - $50,133  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 359
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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. Entry-level Staff Accountants most often move into positions as Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants; those groups report median salaries that are $7K higher and $22K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Entry-level Staff Accountants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Tax Compliance, Accounting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 17 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Payroll Administration. Most people who know 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 17%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 11%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 10%

Accounting
up arrow 10%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 8%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$36,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 4%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 125 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
39%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 22%
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