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Senior Accountant Salary (United States)

A Senior Accountant earns an average salary of $59,672 per year. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. A skill in SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling (SAP FICO) is associated with high pay for this job.
Senior Accountant Salary (?
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$45,843 - $76,487
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MEDIAN: $59,671
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Senior Accountant Salary (?
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$17.73 - $34.87
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$27K$54K$81K
Salary
$45,843 - $76,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,902  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $5,570  
Commission
$0.00 - $4,146  
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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$45,802 - $79,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 11,853
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$17.73 - $34.87  
   
Overtime
$21.47 - $47.68  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,902  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $4,146  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $5,570  
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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$45,802 - $79,466  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 982
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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

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Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$61,000
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Senior Accountant Reviews

What is it like working as a Senior Accountant?
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
$61,000

Skills That Affect Senior Accountant Salaries

Financial Reporting
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Financial Analysis
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General Ledger Accounting
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Auditing
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Tax Preparation
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National Average
$61,000
Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Word
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Quickbooks
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Microsoft Dynamics GP
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Accounting
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Accounts Receivable
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
61%
female alumni
 
Male
39%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
25%
5-9 years
37%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%