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General Accountant Salary

General Accountants in the United States take home an average $46K annually. Pay generally varies between $33K and $60K per year. In the world of General Accountants, overall income ranges from $33K near the bottom to $60K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $3K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The majority of General Accountants (69 percent) who took the survey are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most General Accountants. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
$35,395 - $59,606
(Median)
35K
46K
53K
60K
MEDIAN: $45,550
10%
50%
75%
90%

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$13.38 - $25.68
(Median)
13
18
24
26
MEDIAN: $18.00
10%
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75%
90%

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National Salary Data

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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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,395 - $59,606  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,046  
Profit Sharing
$622 - $2,563  
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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$33,024 - $60,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 283
National Hourly Rate 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$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.38 - $25.68  
   
Overtime
$8.14 - $37.99  
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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,046  
   
Profit Sharing
$622 - $2,563  
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).
)
$33,024 - $60,094  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 105
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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

  • Reconcile balance sheets, accounts, and invoices.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports with variance explanations.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for General Accountant


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More often than not, General Accountants take top-notch roles like Senior Accountant. Pay for that position is $58K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


Survey results imply that General Accountants put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Month-End Close, Financial Reporting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 21 percent, 12 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting. A tool kit that includes Microsoft Excel also typically contains Financial Reporting and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for General Accountant

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


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $44K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $45K on average. General Accountants see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. General Accountants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $50K.

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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

Month-End Close
up arrow 21%




Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Accounting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$45,000

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
up arrow 2%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 95 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%