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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $39K per year. Overall cash earnings for Entry-level Staff Accountants stretch from $25K on the lower end to $50K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $4K from bonuses and $5K from profit sharing. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair number have medical coverage and the larger part have dental coverage, somewhere between a fifth and a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 55 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,594 - $50,282
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,803
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$10.01 - $19.31
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$19
MEDIAN: $14.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17K$34K$51K
Salary
$29,594 - $50,282  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,369  
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $5,059  
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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$24,679 - $50,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 741
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.01 - $19.31  
   
Overtime
$13.60 - $28.81  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$20K$40K$60K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,369  
   
Profit Sharing
$98.63 - $5,059  
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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$24,679 - $50,091  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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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. Typical career progression for an Entry-level Staff Accountant involves becoming a Staff Accountant or a Senior Accountant, roles that pay $7K more and $22K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Lucky workers who know Auditing can expect a significant pay bump, scoring salaries 26 percent above average. Tax Compliance and Financial Analysis are also correlated to pay that is above average, with increases between 11 percent and 26 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks and Payroll Administration. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Bookkeeping, Accounts Payable, and Financial Reporting.

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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries


National Average
$36,000


Experienced
up arrow 3%

Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 26%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 11%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 11%

Accounting
up arrow 9%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 8%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$36,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
4%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 23%