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Junior Accountant Salary (United States)

A relatively inexperienced group of workers, a little under three-quarters of Junior Accountants report fewer than five years of experience; the average pay for this group is around $40K per year. Total cash earnings of Junior Accountants range from $30K on the low end to $52K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $4K and $5K, respectively. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A strong majority enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to about one-half. The majority of Junior Accountants (69 percent) are female. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Junior Accountant Salary (?
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$31,691 - $51,730
(Median)
32K
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46K
52K
MEDIAN: $40,460
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Junior Accountant Salary (?
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$12.81 - $21.82
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MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$31,691 - $51,730  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,059  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,894  
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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$30,148 - $51,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 615
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.81 - $21.82  
   
Overtime
$17.46 - $32.52  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,059  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $4,894  
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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$30,148 - $51,807  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 312
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Job Description for Junior Accountant

Junior accountants provide a vital service to various companies by accurately recording corporate finances. Typical daily job duties include reconciling company bank accounts, balancing financial records and preparing monthly reports. They generally work with a team of other accountants and report to a senior accountant. The level of confidentiality and discretion required of junior accountants is great because they work with private company information and are given access to secure accounts.
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Junior Accountant Tasks
  • Create and maintain payroll budgets, update vendor information, and confirm expense vouchers.
  • Match large batches of invoices and maintain the accuracy of employee timesheets.
  • Assist with or conduct fixed asset audits as necessary.
  • Maintain general ledger and oversee all day to day financial transactions.
  • Assess data to ensure that proper accounting practices have been following.

Common Career Paths for Junior Accountant

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Junior Accountants who advance into the role of an Accounting Manager are fairly uncommon. Accounting Managers $59K per year. Staff Accountants or Senior Accountants are common next-step roles for Junior Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $3K higher on average, and it's $18K higher for Senior Accountants.

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Popular Skills for Junior Accountant

Survey takers working as Junior Accountants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Auditing, Financial Analysis, Tax Preparation, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 5 percent, 4 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Payroll Administration. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Accountant

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Junior Accountants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $39K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $44K. Junior Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $44K. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $47K. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; a fair portion of those surveyed fall within this distribution. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up less than one-tenth of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise roughly one in seven, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Sacramento
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Philadelphia
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National Average
$40,000
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Miami
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Dallas
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Virginia Beach
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For Junior Accountants, California means bigger paychecks — those in San Francisco, San Diego, and Los Angeles earn more than Junior Accountants in the rest of the country. The lowest-paying market is Phoenix, which sits 13 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Boston and Virginia Beach (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Junior Accountant Salaries

National Average
$40,000

Skills That Affect Junior Accountant Salaries

Auditing
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Tax Preparation
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Financial Reporting
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General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Accounts Receivable
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Sales Tax Reports
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National Average
$40,000
Accounts Payable
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Bookkeeping
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Quickbooks
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Microsoft Office
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 161 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
57%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
3%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 82% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 50% employee benefits None: 15%