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Public Accountant Salary

Public Accountants in the United States take home an average $54K per year. Cash earnings for Public Accountants — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $83K. Male Public Accountants are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 64 percent of professionals. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Accountants. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$40,637 - $78,322
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MEDIAN: $53,700
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$14.35 - $29.83
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MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$40,637 - $78,322  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$1,197 - $7,096  
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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$40,656 - $82,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 132
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.35 - $29.83  
   
Overtime
$21.45 - $35.76  
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.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,304  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,197 - $7,096  
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).
)
$40,656 - $82,649  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | 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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It's not very common for Public Accountants to move on to become Financial Controllers. Average pay for a Financial Controller is $77K annually.

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Professional skills reported by Public Accountants are few in number. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Auditing. Employees educated in Auditing are typically practiced in Tax Preparation, too.

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 $51K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $66K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $44K in this role. Public Accountants who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $62K.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 20%

Late-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$54,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 19%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$54,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 28 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%