General Accountant Salary

An average General Accountant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $46K per year. Earnings generally vary between $33K and $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. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. There are more female General Accountants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 67 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to just over a half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$35,620 - $61,030
(Median)
$36K
$46K
$61K
MEDIAN: $46,057
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$13.24 - $25.64
(Median)
$13
$18
$26
MEDIAN: $18.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$21K$42K$63K
Salary
$35,620 - $61,030  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
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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$33,256 - $61,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 297
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$13.24 - $25.64  
   
Overtime
$8.25 - $38.23  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,064  
   
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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$33,256 - $61,158  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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 who move on to become Senior Accountants may enjoy significant pay raises, as Senior Accountants get paid an average of $58K per year. The most common promotion for General Accountants is a Staff Accountant position, which usually brings in $43K a year. Another standard transition for General Accountants seeking advancement is to assume a Financial Analyst role, where pay is often $54K.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


General Accountants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Month-End Close, Financial Reporting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 20 percent, 10 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration. The majority of those who know Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting. People who know Microsoft Excel usually 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.


For General Accountants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Folks who are navigating the first five years of their careers have a median salary of approximately $44K in this position. Those who have been around for five to 10 years don't get much more, though; the median salary in that group is $45K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $47K in this role. Ultimately, more time spent in the workforce does seem to translate to bigger paychecks; seasoned veterans with more than 20 years of experience report a median income of $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
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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 95 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

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: 53% employee benefits None: 13%