Public Accountant Salary

Average Public Accountants in the United States make around $54K annually. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and half collect dental insurance. Public Accountants who participated in the survey are largely men, dominating at 66 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$41,300 - $79,556

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$11.15 - $30.31

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$41,300 - $79,556  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
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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$41,278 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,256  
   
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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$41,278 - $85,703  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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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Public Accountants might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Financial Controller, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $77K per year.

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Public Accountants who responded to the survey indicated only a few skills that they use on the job. Tax Preparation and Auditing are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. 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.


The average inexperienced worker earns $52K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $64K. For Public Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $48K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $61K.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 16%

Late-Career
up arrow 11%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 6%

Experienced
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Auditing
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 22 votes.

Gender

Female
34 %
Male
66 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 78% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 19%
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