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Junior Accountant Salary

An average Junior Accountant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $41K annually. 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 $3K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. Most Junior Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Junior Accountants (68 percent) who took the survey are women. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$32,092 - $52,377
(Median)
$32K
$41K
$52K
MEDIAN: $40,835
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$12.98 - $21.88
(Median)
$13
$17
$22
MEDIAN: $17.00
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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$18K$36K$54K
Salary
$32,092 - $52,377  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,310  
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $3,064  
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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$30,228 - $52,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 866
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$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$12.98 - $21.88  
   
Overtime
$17.91 - $32.53  
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$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,310  
   
Profit Sharing
$242.40 - $3,064  
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).
)
$30,228 - $52,257  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 412

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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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It's not very common for Junior Accountants to move on to become Accounting Managers. Average pay for an Accounting Manager is $59K annually. Junior Accountants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Senior Accountants or Staff Accountants. The median paychecks in those roles are $18K higher and $3K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Accountant


Junior Accountants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Analysis, Tax Preparation, Auditing, and Sales Tax Reports are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Those familiar with Accounts Payable also tend to 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 many Junior Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $39K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $43K. On average, Junior Accountants make $44K following one to two decades on the job. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Junior Accountants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $46K.

Pay Difference by Location


Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Junior Accountants, 20 percent higher than the national average. Junior Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), Baltimore (+12 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and New York (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Employers also pay below the national average in Pittsburgh (6 percent lower) and Boston (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Junior Accountant Salaries




National Average
$40,000


Skills That Affect Junior Accountant Salaries


Tax Preparation
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Sales Tax Reports
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 1%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
0%

National Average
$40,000

Accounts Payable
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 190 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

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: 81% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 16%
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