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General Accountant Salary

General Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $46K per year on average. Lower pay rates hover around $33K, and the higher rates verge on $61K per year. In the world of General Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $2K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $33K and $61K. Location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. The majority of General Accountants (67 percent) who took the survey are women. Most General Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$35,458 - $60,766
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $45,986
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$13.12 - $25.52
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary 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$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,458 - $60,766  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,072  
Profit Sharing
$618 - $2,498  
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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$33,235 - $60,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 296
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
$13.12 - $25.52  
   
Overtime
$8.20 - $37.85  
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.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,072  
   
Profit Sharing
$618 - $2,498  
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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$33,235 - $60,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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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Many General Accountants move into a Senior Accountant role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $58K per year. A Staff Accountant role is the most common promotion for General Accountants moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $43K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for General Accountants is a Financial Analyst position, where earnings are usually $54K.

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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 20 percent, 9 percent, and 8 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration. Most people skilled in Accounts Payable are similarly competent in 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.


General Accountants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. 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 — $46K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. After two decades in the workforce, the average General Accountant generally earns more than ever; median pay for this group is estimated at $50K.

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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries




National Average
$45,000


Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

Month-End Close
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
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Accounting
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National Average
$45,000

Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 12%
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