Public Accountant Salary

The average Public Accountant in the United States earns approximately $55K per year. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and half earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The majority of Public Accountants (65 percent) survey respondents are male. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$41,577 - $79,556
(Median)
$42K
$55K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,619
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$11.15 - $30.31
(Median)
$11
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,577 - $79,556  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,250  
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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$41,549 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $30.31  
   
Overtime
$22.13 - $33.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,450 - $5,250  
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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$41,549 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11
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Job Description for Public Accountant

  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.

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Public Accountants typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Many workers who know Auditing also know Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience have a median salary of $52K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $64K on average. For Public Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $49K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $61K.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 19%
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