Public Accountants in the United States take home an average $55K per year. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a fair number report medical coverage and a majority claim dental coverage as well. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,097 - $72,554
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$73K
MEDIAN: $55,024
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90%

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$14.52 - $30.52
(Median)
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$15
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MEDIAN: $15.00
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,097 - $72,554  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $7,213  
Profit Sharing
$1,120  
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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$36,419 - $74,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 86
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.17  
   
Overtime
$26.00  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$242.40 - $7,213  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,120  
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).
)
$36,419 - $74,238  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 6
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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.

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Many Public Accountants move into a Financial Controller role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $77K per year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Public Accountants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. The average inexperienced worker earns $54K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $60K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $61K in this role. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $76K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 36%

Experienced
up arrow 11%

Mid-Career
up arrow 8%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 6%

National Average
$55,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
59%
5-9 years
14%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
5%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
medical benefits
Vision: 47%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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