General Accountant Salary

Average General Accountants in the United States make around $50K annually. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most General Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. The majority of General Accountants (67 percent) who took the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,245 - $66,079
$39K
$50K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,030
10%
50%
90%

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$13.88 - $25.90
$14
$20
$26
MEDIAN: $19.69
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$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,245 - $66,079  
   
Bonus
$49.32 - $5,785  
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$36,413 - $65,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 206
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $25.90  
   
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
$49.32 - $5,785  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,474  
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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$36,413 - $65,389  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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

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

Common Career Paths for General Accountant


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General Accountants may progress into high-paying roles like Financial Controller, where median compensation is $77K annually. A common career progression for a General Accountant is to become a Senior Accountant or a Financial Analyst. Compared to General Accountants, the first group earns $11K more on average, and the second group earns $6K more.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


Survey results imply that General Accountants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Payroll Administration, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Accounting. Most people who know Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting. Most people familiar with 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.


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $47K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $53K. After working for 10 to 20 years, General Accountants make a median salary of $51K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income no higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Key Stats for General Accountant

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries

▲8%

▲3%

▲3%

National Average
$49,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

ADP Payroll System
▲7%



General Ledger Accounting
▼0%

National Average
$49,000




Month-End Close
▼6%

Accounting
▼8%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
▼10%

Payroll Administration
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 37 votes.

Gender

Female
67 %
Male
33 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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