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Public Accountant Salary

Public Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K annually. Total cash compensation to Public Accountants approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $10K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. There are more male Public Accountants than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 64 percent. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a little over a half collect dental insurance. Most Public Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$41,242 - $79,556
(Median)
$41K
$54K
$80K
MEDIAN: $54,134
10%
50%
90%

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$11.15 - $30.31
(Median)
$11
$21
$30
MEDIAN: $21.00
10%
50%
90%

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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$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,242 - $79,556  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,271  
Profit Sharing
$710 - $7,071  
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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$41,255 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$11.15 - $30.31  
   
Overtime
$22.13 - $33.13  
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.
)
$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,271  
   
Profit Sharing
$710 - $7,071  
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).
)
$41,255 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 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.

Common Career Paths for Public Accountant


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There are some Public Accountants — though it's uncommon — that transition into Financial Controllers, where earnings are an average $77K annually.

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Public Accountants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Auditing. Competency in Auditing frequently indicates knowledge of Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $52K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $64K on average. Public Accountants bring in $48K after working for 10 to 20 years. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%
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