Public Accountant Salary

The average Public Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K per year. Men working as Public Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Public Accountants. Medical benefits are awarded to a fair number, and more than half earn dental coverage. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$41,195 - $78,914
(Median)
$41K
$54K
$79K
MEDIAN: $54,280
10%
50%
90%

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$12.75 - $33.15
(Median)
$13
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
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.
)
$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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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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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 $53K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $63K. Public Accountants see a median salary of $46K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $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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