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General Accountant Salary

Median pay for General Accountants in the United States is around $46K annually. The income range spans the entire spectrum between $33K and $61K per year. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $2K, overall incomes of General Accountants spread between $33K and $61K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. Women make up the majority of General Accountants (67 percent) who completed the questionnaire. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$35,469 - $60,793
(Median)
$35K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,096
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$13.24 - $25.51
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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90%

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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
$35,469 - $60,793  
   
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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$33,270 - $60,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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
$13.24 - $25.51  
   
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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$33,270 - $60,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107

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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 often transition into Senior Accountant positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Senior Accountants earn $58K per year. A Staff Accountant role is the most prevalent career advancement for General Accountants. Paychecks for that role are $43K on average. The Financial Analyst position is another common transition for General Accountants; in this role, salaries are typically at the $54K mark.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


General Accountants seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Month-End Close, Financial Reporting, Financial Analysis, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 20 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration. It is often found that people who know Accounts Payable are also skilled 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $45K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $46K on average. For General Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $47K. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $50K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

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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
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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: 11%
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