General Ledger Accountant Salary

General Ledger Accountants in the United States pull down an average of $52K per year. Total cash compensation for General Ledger Accountants runs from $38K to $68K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $4K. Geographic location and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for General Ledger Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Female General Ledger Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 71 percent. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,395 - $68,492
$40K
$52K
$68K
MEDIAN: $51,855
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50%
90%

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$15.92 - $26.75
$16
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20.28
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$40,395 - $68,492  
   
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,964  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,363  
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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$38,005 - $67,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 280
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.92 - $26.75  
   
Overtime
$24.05 - $39.87  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$250.00 - $4,964  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,363  
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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$38,005 - $67,898  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 100

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Job Description for General Ledger Accountant

Companies keep accounting records - comprising a general ledger - for a variety of reasons, from planning future sales and marketing projects to reporting necessary financial information to regulatory agencies and shareholders. The general ledger accountant is responsible for making sure that the general ledger is a complete and accurate record of the company's financial transactions. Depending on the size of their organization, the general ledger accountant may be an accounting team member specializing in specific aspects of the accounting process; they may also oversee the entire process, supervising subordinate accountants and the acting as the final arbiter of the ledger. These accountants generally works in an office environment during regular business hours, although overtime may be required as deadlines approach.

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General Ledger 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 Ledger Accountant


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As General Ledger Accountants make advancements in their career path to positions such as Accounting Manager, their salaries may climb. Accounting Managers make $61K annually on average.

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Popular Skills for General Ledger Accountant


General Ledger Accountants report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Cost Accounting and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 32 percent and 4 percent, respectively. Those listing Accounting as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable also typically command lower compensation. The majority of those who know General Ledger Accounting also know Financial Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for General Ledger Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


For General Ledger Accountants, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $49K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $52K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $54K in this role. Veterans who have acquired more than 20 years report a median income of $60K, which is generally higher than the pay reported by other tenure groups.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $50,813

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For General Ledger Accountants, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. General Ledger Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+20 percent), San Antonio (+11 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Salt Lake City (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for General Ledger Accountants is geography, with workers in Minneapolis earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Nashville (12 percent lower).

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Key Stats for General Ledger Accountant

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects General Ledger Accountant Salaries

▲18%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$51,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect General Ledger Accountant Salaries

Cost Accounting
▲32%





National Average
$51,000




Accounts Receivable
▼7%

Accounting
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
vision benefits
Vision: 72%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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