A Senior Accountant earns an average salary of $64,326 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.

$49,862 - $81,037
(Median)
$50K
$64K
$81K
MEDIAN: $64,326
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$19.42 - $38.27
(Median)
$19
$26
$38
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$49,862 - $81,037  
   
Bonus
$487.98 - $9,161  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,031  
Commission
$0.00 - $11,745  
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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$49,854 - $84,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8,443
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$19.42 - $38.27  
   
Overtime
$25.71 - $51.88  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$487.98 - $9,161  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,031  
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).
)
$49,854 - $84,643  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 629
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Job Description for Senior Accountant

Senior accountants are the lead "numbers" people in any company with an accounting division. They are responsible for keeping a company financially organized. They must be talented in mathematics and organized so as not to miss any financial information. Even missing one number in the thousands of numbers they see every year can completely change the standing and decisions of their company executives. So, it is imperative that they be accurate. Senior accountants also will often manage teams of accountants when working for larger companies.

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Senior Accountant Tasks

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

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Pay by Experience Level for Senior Accountant

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,394

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Senior Accountant Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Accountant?

Senior Accountant in Renton:
"Very interesting."
Pros: Lots of different responsibilities. Never get bored since I have so many things to do.
Cons: Work very hard for what feels like not enough pay.

Senior Accountant in Montpelier:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Work-life balance, people, ability to accept new challenges, and work environment.
Cons: The lack of communication regarding positional, departmental or company-wide changes.

Senior Accountant in Renton:
"Great Company."
Pros: Company politics are virtually nonexistent and the company's product is very interesting. Coworkers are very knowledgeable.
Cons: If I had to choose something, it would be the company's limited resources; necessitates a great deal of cross-training.

Senior Accountant in Austin:
"Excellent firm focusing on a niche area."
Pros: Challenging work, flexible hours, great company culture, job security, decent pay.
Cons: Being too focused on a niche area leaves little room for variety in work.

Senior Accountant in Minneapolis:
Pros: Experience like none other. Ability to try new things. Head up projects. Flexible work schedule. Travel.
Cons: Stress. Long Hours. Working 1-2 weekends a month. Not enough pay.

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Experience Affects Senior Accountant Salaries




National Average
$65,000


Skills That Affect Senior Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting
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Month-End Close
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Financial Analysis
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General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

Budgeting
0%

National Average
$65,000

Microsoft Word
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Tax Compliance
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Auditing
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Accounts Receivable
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Quickbooks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 1322 votes.

Gender

Female
60 %
Male
40 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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