General Accountant Salary

Average General Accountants in the United States make around $51K annually. Total cash earnings of General Accountants range from $37K on the low end to $67K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. There are more female General Accountants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 64 percent. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most General Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,962 - $66,236
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$51K
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MEDIAN: $50,989
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$14.40 - $26.27
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$0$66K
Salary $39,962 - $66,236
Bonus $300.00 - $5,920
Profit Sharing $507 - $4,932
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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$36,867 - $66,970
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 193
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $14.40 - $26.27
Overtime $23.49 - $43.51
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $300.00 - $5,920
Profit Sharing $507 - $4,932
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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$36,867 - $66,970
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for General Accountant

General accountants gather and analyze financial records and documentation for a variety of purposes, including writing financial reports, compiling profit statements, filling out tax returns, and making budgets. General accountants are typically either self-employed or work for accounting firms with which businesses contract.

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General Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare and post entries to the general ledger and manage the monthly close process.
  • Prepare and implement audit schedules and process re-engineering to reduce financial errors.
  • Reconcile balance sheets, accounts, and invoices.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports with variance explanations.

Common Career Paths for General Accountant


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General Accountants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Financial Controller. The average Financial Controller brings home $77K per year. Senior Accountants or Financial Analysts are common next-step roles for General Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Senior Accountants is $10K higher on average, and it's $6K higher for Financial Analysts.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Accounting. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also know Financial Reporting and Accounts Receivable. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent in Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for General Accountant

Pay by Experience for a General Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level General Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 144 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced General Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 77 salaries. A General Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,647

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

General Accountants employed in Portland pick up paychecks that are slightly larger than the national average; however, location does not seem to affect pay too strongly overall. Location significantly influences compensation, with Cleveland General Accountants earning much less — 23 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Houston (16 percent less).

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Key Stats for General Accountant

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries

▲5%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

ADP Payroll System
▲6%


National Average
$50,000


General Ledger Accounting
▼2%




Month-End Close
▼7%

Accounting
▼9%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
▼11%

Payroll Administration
▼19%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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