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Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Those pursuing careers as Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States may have to make do with less; average incomes for people in this area hover around only $39K annually. Total cash compensation for Entry-level Staff Accountants runs from $25K to $50K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $4K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. For the most part, Entry-level Staff Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Entry-level Staff Accountants (56 percent) survey respondents. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and more than half get dental coverage, too. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,597 - $50,213
(Median)
$30K
$39K
$50K
MEDIAN: $38,754
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$10.05 - $19.48
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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
$29,597 - $50,213  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,158  
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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$24,848 - $50,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 689
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$10$20$30
Hourly Rate
$10.05 - $19.48  
   
Overtime
$12.42 - $28.70  
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 - $4,158  
   
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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$24,848 - $50,011  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 364

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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. 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 respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, facility with Auditing, Tax Compliance, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 11 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks. Most people familiar with 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 21%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 12%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 11%

Accounting
up arrow 9%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 8%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

Accounts Receivable
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$36,000

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 143 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
38%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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