Entry-level Staff Accountants in the United States may have to scrimp and save; the median compensation is $41K per year. Total cash compensation to Entry-level Staff Accountants bottoms out near $29K and approaches $52K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $5K from bonuses and almost $3K from profit sharing. Residence and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Slightly more than a fifth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and the larger part claim dental coverage as well. Entry-level Staff Accountants survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$30,638 - $54,140
(Median)
$31K
$41K
$54K
MEDIAN: $40,751
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$11.83 - $20.73
(Median)
$12
$16
$21
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$19K$38K$57K
Salary
$30,638 - $54,140  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,924  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$28,848 - $52,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 485
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$11.83 - $20.73  
   
Overtime
$15.93 - $32.88  
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 - $4,924  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $3,041  
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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$28,848 - $52,280  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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

  • 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 sometimes assume positions such as Auditing Managers. That role pays $84K per year on average. The most common next step for an Entry-level Staff Accountant is to become a Staff Accountant or a Senior Accountant. The former position pays an additional $4K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Entry-level Staff Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, General Ledger Accounting, Tax Preparation, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 13 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know 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 $39K on average. It is reported that median compensation in the five-to-10 year group declines to approximately $36K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $43K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $41K.

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Experience Affects Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries


Late-Career
up arrow 4%


National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Entry-level Staff Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
up arrow 13%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 10%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 6%

Accounting
up arrow 6%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Accounts Payable
0%

National Average
$40,000

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 3%

Data Entry
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
38%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
3%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 59%
medical benefits
Vision: 49%
dental benefits
None: 22%
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