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Public Accountant Salary

Median pay for Public Accountants in the United States is around $54K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $7K, overall incomes of Public Accountants spread between $41K and $85K depending on individual performance. Public Accountants who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 64 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and a little more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$40,828 - $79,241
(Median)
$41K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,069
10%
50%
90%

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$11.15 - $29.83
(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
$40,828 - $79,241  
   
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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$40,834 - $85,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 133
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 - $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.
)
$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).
)
$40,834 - $85,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Though some Public Accountants move into positions like Financial Controller (where the average salary is $77K), this progression is not the norm.

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Public Accountants usually report a few specific skills. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Auditing. Tax Preparation is a skill commonly found among those who know Auditing.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $51K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $64K on average. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $46K in this role. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $62K.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 15%

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 27 votes.

Gender

Female
36 %
Male
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 43% employee benefits None: 17%