Public Accountant Salary

Average Public Accountants in the United States make around $55K annually. Men make up the majority of Public Accountants (65 percent) survey respondents. A strong majority enjoy medical while approximately one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to roughly two-fifths. Job satisfaction for Public Accountants is high. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$41,353 - $79,400
(Median)
$41K
$55K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,582
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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
$41,353 - $79,400  
   
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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$41,332 - $85,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 131
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).
)
$41,332 - $85,407  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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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While not commonly seen, Public Accountants who transition into a Financial Controller position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Financial Controllers is $77K per year.

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Public Accountants who responded to the survey report just a handful of professional skills. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Experience with Auditing is often linked with knowledge of Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $52K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $63K. Public Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $49K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $61K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 5%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

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: 77% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 19%
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