Project Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $55K per year on average. Incomes of Project Accountants vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $6K cause paychecks to spread between $41K on the low end and $74K on the high end. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Project Accountants survey respondents are women (77 percent). For the most part, Project Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,250 - $74,378
$41K
$55K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,037
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$17.73 - $29.66
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MEDIAN: $22.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$41,250 - $74,378  
   
Bonus
$309.97 - $6,131  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,115  
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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$40,557 - $73,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 711
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.73 - $29.66  
   
Overtime
$24.76 - $46.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$309.97 - $6,131  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,115  
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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$40,557 - $73,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 215

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Job Description for Project Accountant

A project accountant is responsible for managing all the financial information related to a project or projects at their company. They keep track of each project's expenses and provides regular reports on whether the project is over or under budget. Individuals in this position may also be responsible for drawing up proposals for possible projects and informing managers how much a project could potentially cost and/or earn.

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Project Accountant Tasks

  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
  • Collaborate with project management team.
  • Analyze and report on financial project administration; profitability, utilization, budgets, and accruals.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.

Common Career Paths for Project Accountant


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Though some Project Accountants move into positions like Financial Controller (where the average salary is $77K), this progression is not the norm. Typical career progression for a Project Accountant involves becoming a Senior Accountant or an Accounting Manager, roles that pay $6K more and $7K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Accountant


Those at Turner Construction Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $60K.

Popular Skills for Project Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Budget Management, Project Management, and Financial Reporting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting. Those educated in Accounts Receivable tend to be well versed in Accounts Payable and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Accountant

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


For many Project Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $50K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $58K. Project Accountants bring in $59K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Project Accountants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,995

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

For those looking to make money, Project Accountants in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 40 percent above the national average. Project Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+31 percent), New York (+30 percent), Seattle (+6 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Falling short of the national average by 15 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Orlando. Workers in Portland and Louisville earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (13 percent less and 7 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Project Accountant

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
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Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Project Accountant Salaries




National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Project Accountant Salaries

Budgeting
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Project Coordinating
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Accounts Receivable
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National Average
$54,000




Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.

Gender

Female
77 %
Male
23 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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