Project Accountant Salary

Project Accountants in the United States take home an average $56K per year. With some bonuses and profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K each, total incomes of Project Accountants generally range from $40K to $74K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geography, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Project Accountants. Female Project Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,297 - $74,832
$41K
$56K
$75K
MEDIAN: $55,502
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$17.58 - $29.68
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MEDIAN: $21.90
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$41,297 - $74,832  
   
Bonus
$301.00 - $6,121  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,039  
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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$40,240 - $74,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 673
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.58 - $29.68  
   
Overtime
$24.71 - $45.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$301.00 - $6,121  
   
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,039  
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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$40,240 - $74,123  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222

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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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Project Accountants who advance into the role of a Financial Controller are fairly uncommon. Financial Controllers on average earn $77K per year. Project Accountants typically move into roles as Senior Accountants or Accounting Managers, and those positions pay $6K more and $7K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Project Accountant


For Project Accountants, comfortable salaries can be found at Turner Construction Company; in fact, median earnings sit around $60K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Project Accountant


Survey results imply that Project Accountants deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Budget Management, Financial Reporting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Accounting and Payroll Administration as skills, however, tend to be associated with significantly smaller paychecks. Most people who know Accounts Receivable also know Accounts Payable and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Project Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Project Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Project Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 440 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Project Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $59,000 based on 280 salaries. An experienced Project Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 264 salaries. A Project Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 103 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,168

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

Project Accountants will find that Boston offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 39 percent. Project Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+38 percent), New York (+25 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Atlanta (+8 percent). With compensation 14 percent below the national average, Orlando is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are St. Louis (12 percent less) and Louisville (7 percent less).

Project Accountant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Project Accountant?

Project Accountant in Fairfax:
"Project Accountant Experience."
Pros: The family-like environment, flexible schedule, opportunities for training and advancement.
Cons: Uncooperative property managers and site employees.

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Key Stats for Project Accountant

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 170 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Project Accountant Salaries

▲15%

▲10%

▲8%

National Average
$54,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Project Accountant Salaries

Budgeting
▲14%






Billing
▼0%

Cost Accounting
▼0%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Project Coordinating
▼0%

National Average
$54,000




Accounting
▼21%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
76 %
Male
24 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%