General Accountant Salary

General Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50K per year. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The majority of General Accountants (67 percent) who took the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$39,335 - $65,021
$39K
$50K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,820
10%
50%
90%

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$14.13 - $25.83
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.60
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,335 - $65,021  
   
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,711  
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$36,003 - $64,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 194
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.13 - $25.83  
   
Overtime
$21.20 - $40.33  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$302.01 - $5,711  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$36,003 - $64,248  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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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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As General Accountants transition into upper-level roles such as Financial Controller, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Financial Controllers earn $77K on average per year. General Accountants most often move into positions as Senior Accountants or Financial Analysts; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $7K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


Survey results imply that General Accountants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Accounting. Skill sets containing Microsoft Excel also tend to include Financial Reporting and Accounts Receivable. Most people who know Accounts Payable also know 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: $48,742

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

Although location is not a huge compensation factor, General Accountants in Portland do earn slightly more than the national average. General Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+2 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Cleveland General Accountants earning much less — 21 percent less — than the national average. On the whole, employers pay 15 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Chicago and Houston.

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Key Stats for General Accountant

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries

▲7%

▲5%

▲3%

National Average
$49,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

ADP Payroll System
▲8%



General Ledger Accounting
▼0%

National Average
$49,000




Month-End Close
▼6%

Accounting
▼7%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
▼10%

Payroll Administration
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%