Entry-level Staff Accountant Salary

Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $41K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $3K, respectively — total cash payment to Entry-level Staff Accountants can bottom out near $29K or peak near $53K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Some workers in this field — just under one in four — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by a majority. More than half of Entry-level Staff Accountants (66 percent) survey participants are women. Most Entry-level Staff Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$30,819 - $54,552
$31K
$41K
$55K
MEDIAN: $40,957
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$11.88 - $20.85
$12
$17
$21
MEDIAN: $16.59
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,819 - $54,552  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,905  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,571  
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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$29,060 - $52,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.88 - $20.85  
   
Overtime
$15.71 - $32.78  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,905  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $2,571  
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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$29,060 - $52,777  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 250

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Job Description for Entry-level Staff Accountant

An entry-level staff accountant works in the financial industry. Somebody in this type of position will have a variety of different duties that they must perform on a day to day basis. Every company that needs a person in this type of position is different, though they all need somebody to look over their finances and to assist with auditing and taxes. Some companies may require more duties of their entry-level staff accountants, depending on what the company needs.

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Entry-level Staff Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare financial reports for staff accountants or accounting managers to analyze and use for decision making.
  • Assist with the preparation and development of key financial reports.
  • Work with other financial and organizational staff to assure compliance with internal and external accounting practices.

Common Career Paths for Entry-level Staff Accountant


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Though not the most common occurrence, Entry-level Staff Accountants sometimes become Auditing Managers, where the average income is $84K per year. Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants are common next-step roles for Entry-level Staff Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $4K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Senior Accountants.

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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 Tax Compliance, General Ledger Accounting, Accounting, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 19 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Data Entry. It is often found that people who know Microsoft Excel are also skilled in Accounts Payable, Bookkeeping, and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $40K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $37K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $42K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Key Stats for Entry-level Staff Accountant

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

▲9%

Late-Career
▲4%

▼0%

National Average
$40,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
▲19%

General Ledger Accounting
▲7%

Tax Preparation
▲5%

Accounting
▲5%

Financial Reporting
▲3%

Financial Analysis
▲2%

Auditing
▲2%



Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$40,000

Quickbooks
▼1%

Payroll Administration
▼2%

▼3%

Data Entry
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 58 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
37%
1-4 years
55%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
vision benefits
Vision: 48%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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