Public Accountant Salary

Public Accountants in the United States take home an average $56K per year. Some workers in this field — close to one-fifth — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a fair number and dental plans are enjoyed by the larger part. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Accountants. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$44,044 - $73,850
$44K
$56K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,951
10%
50%
90%

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$14.92 - $36.93
$16
MEDIAN: $16.25
50%

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$0$76K
Salary $44,044 - $73,850
Bonus $302.01 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $610
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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$39,950 - $76,258
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 76
Hourly Data $0$40
Hourly Rate $16.25
Overtime $25.67
Annual Data $0$76K
Bonus $302.01 - $9,787
Profit Sharing $610
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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$39,950 - $76,258
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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Job Description for Public Accountant

Public accountants work primarily for accounting companies, while some work independently, and are responsible for preparing, reviewing, and/or auditing their clients' financial statements, such as balance sheets and income statements. They also prepare income tax returns for companies or individuals and assist clients with estate and tax planning, and some public accountants provide bookkeeping services.

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Public Accountant Tasks

  • 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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Advancing into a Financial Controller role seems to be a popular career move for Public Accountants, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $77K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Public Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Public Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 9 salaries. A Public Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 5 salaries.

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Key Stats for Public Accountant

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%
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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
▲33%

▲12%

Experienced
▲10%

National Average
$57,000

▼3%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

▲5%

National Average
$57,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
59 %
Male
41 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
9%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
no benefits
None: 21%
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