Project Accountant Salary (United States)

Project Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $50,974 per year. The top of the range reaches $68,677 per year, and the bottom approaches $38,127. Residency is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and most earn dental coverage. Most Project Accountants are women (76 percent). The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Project Accountant Salary (?
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$39,051 - $68,003
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MEDIAN: $51,526
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Project Accountant Salary (?
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$16.40 - $27.55
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,051 - $68,003  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,143  
Profit Sharing
$592 - $4,077  
Total Pay (?
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$38,127 - $68,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 700
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$16.40 - $27.55  
   
Overtime
$23.94 - $40.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,143  
   
Profit Sharing
$592 - $4,077  
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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$38,127 - $68,677  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 227
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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
  • Analyze and report on financial project administration; profitability, utilization, budgets, and accruals.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
  • Collaborate with project management team.

Common Career Paths for Project Accountant

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While Project Accountants do not often become Financial Controllers, the ones that do transition make an extra $26K per year. The most common next step for Project Accountants is moving into roles as Accounting Managers or Senior Accountants, where they can expect an extra $7,989 or $6,956 per year.

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Popular Skills for Project Accountant

Survey results suggest that Project Accountants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Budget Management, Cost Accounting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 11 percent, 10 percent, 9 percent, and 9 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Accounting, and Accounts Payable. Most people experienced in Accounts Receivable also know Accounts Payable. People who know Billing usually also know Microsoft Excel and Accounts Payable.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Accountant

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Project Accountants do not generally earn higher salaries from more experience in the field—in most many but not all cases, experience is not a driving force behind pay increase. At career start, salaries are typically $48K, which grows to $55K after five to 10 years. After spending one to two decades on the job, pay usually hovers around $55K. As Project Accountants approach two decades on the job, pay accelerates at a slower pace, and typical earnings come to $56K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 28 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. A majority of respondents report one to nine years of experience.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$51,000
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For Project Accountants, above-average compensation can be found in California— Los Angeles, San Jose, and San Francisco are known as the cities with the best salaries for Project Accountants. Baltimore is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and Orlando (-5 percent and -4 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Project Accountant Salaries

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$51,000

Skills That Affect Project Accountant Salaries

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$51,000
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 232 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
35%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 11%