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Public Accountant Salary

Public Accountants in the United States can expect wages of $54K per year on average. In the world of Public Accountants, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $86K at the top; this can include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $7K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Men make up the majority of Public Accountants (65 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Public Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number enjoy medical while a little more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than two-fifths. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,750 - $79,478
(Median)
$41K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $53,807
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
$40,750 - $79,478  
   
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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$40,752 - $85,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 130
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).
)
$40,752 - $85,557  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 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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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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Survey results show that Public Accountants typically report just a few professional skills. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Auditing. Auditing and Tax Preparation are correlating skills — those who know the former usually know the latter.

Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


The average inexperienced worker earns $51K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $64K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Public Accountants make a median salary of $48K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $62K, 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 17%

Late-Career
up arrow 13%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 12%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

Tax Preparation
0%

National Average
$55,000

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
35 %
Male
65 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 79% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 42% employee benefits None: 18%
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