General Accountants in the United States take home an average $50K annually. Final cash compensation to General Accountants varies from around $36K to approximately $64K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $6K and $3K, respectively. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Women make up the majority of General Accountants (64 percent) who completed the questionnaire. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$38,934 - $65,303
(Median)
$39K
$50K
$65K
MEDIAN: $49,870
10%
50%
90%

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$14.07 - $25.90
(Median)
$14
$19
$26
MEDIAN: $19.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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
Salary
$38,934 - $65,303  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,829  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $2,636  
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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$36,262 - $64,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.07 - $25.90  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.83 - $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
$0.00 - $5,829  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $2,636  
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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$36,262 - $64,423  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 68
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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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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. General Accountants most often move into positions as Senior Accountants or Financial Analysts; those groups report median salaries that are $11K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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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, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Payroll Administration, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Accounting. Most people who know Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $47K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $54K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For General Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make about the same as folks in the 10-to-20 year range.

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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries




National Average
$49,000


Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

ADP Payroll System
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Financial Reporting
up arrow 4%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 1%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 2%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 4%

Month-End Close
up arrow 6%

Accounting
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
up arrow 10%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 33 votes.

Gender

Female
64 %
Male
36 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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