Public Accountant Salary

The average Public Accountant in the United States earns approximately $55K annually. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — about a fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and a majority receive dental plans. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Accountants. Women make up a slight majority of Public Accountants (50 percent) survey respondents. Male Public Accountants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 50 percent of the field. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$40,969 - $71,983
$41K
$55K
$72K
MEDIAN: $54,944
10%
50%
90%

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$14.64 - $36.30
$15
MEDIAN: $15.36
50%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,969 - $71,983  
   
Bonus
$-0.49 - $9,933  
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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$38,346 - $74,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 80
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.36  
   
Overtime
$25.11  
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$25K$50K$75K
Bonus
$-0.49 - $9,933  
   
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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$38,346 - $74,674  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 7

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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

  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.

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While Public Accountants do not often become Financial Controllers, the job pays $77K per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

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


For Public Accountants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $54K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $62K. Public Accountants bring in $62K after working for 10 to 20 years. In the end, more experience does seem to mean larger paychecks; seasoned Public Accountants with more than 20 years of experience earn a predictably higher median salary of $76K.

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Key Stats for Public Accountant

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.
Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
▲36%

Experienced
▲13%

Mid-Career
▲12%

National Average
$55,000

Entry-Level
▼2%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

Auditing
▲6%

National Average
$55,000


Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 9 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
8%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 21%
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