Public Accountant Salary

Pay for Public Accountants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $54K annually. Men make up a slight majority of Public Accountants (57 percent) who responded to the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and just over a half earn dental coverage. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,195 - $78,914
(Median)
$41K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,280
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90%

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$12.75 - $33.15
(Median)
$13
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$41,195 - $78,914  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,240  
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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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$40,749 - $83,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 154
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $33.15  
   
Overtime
$30.97  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $10,240  
   
Profit Sharing
$2,500  
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).
)
$40,749 - $83,051  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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Survey takers who work as Public Accountants typically report just a few professional skills. Auditing and Tax Preparation are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. Skills that pay less than market rate include Tax Preparation. 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.


Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $53K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $63K. Public Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $46K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $62K on average.

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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 15%

Late-Career
up arrow 12%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 4%

Experienced
up arrow 16%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

National Average
$55,000

Auditing
up arrow 2%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
7%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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