The average Senior Staff Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $59K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $7K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Senior Staff Accountants can bottom out near $45K or peak near $76K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. More than half of Senior Staff Accountants (65 percent) survey participants are women. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction for Senior Staff Accountants is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$45,707 - $74,467
$46K
$59K
$74K
MEDIAN: $58,911
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$18.16 - $32.53
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$45,707 - $74,467  
   
Bonus
$512 - $7,239  
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,152  
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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$45,492 - $76,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 893
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.16 - $32.53  
   
Overtime
$27.09 - $45.59  
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$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$512 - $7,239  
   
Profit Sharing
$204.26 - $5,152  
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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$45,492 - $76,367  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 96

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Job Description for Senior Staff Accountant

Senior staff accountants are responsible for overseeing all aspects of a company’s accounting. Some specialization may occur in larger organizations, but senior staff accountants generally verify payroll information, review billing details on a monthly basis, prepare and post journal entries, and maintain the balance sheet. In the short term, they track cash and credit payments and rectify banking information on a daily basis. In some firms, senior staff accountants may also track sales tax or other specialized tax information. Longer-term projects include analyzing yearly performance data for presentation to management, which involves comparing prior projections to actual performance, adjusting and creating a new forecast, and investigating any anomalies in the accounting data. Senior staff accountants also assist with auditing as needed.

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Senior Staff Accountant Tasks

  • Lead month end reporting and analysis of fixed costs and balance sheet analysis.
  • Create and file tax documents, and implement processes to ensure financial integrity.
  • Assist with annual and quarterly budgets, forecasts, and reports, including profits/losses by business unit.
  • Track data and compile internal reports on assets, liabilities, and expenses.

Common Career Paths for Senior Staff Accountant


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For Senior Staff Accountants, progressing to a Corporate Controller role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Corporate Controller can earn $93K annually. It is not uncommon for a Senior Staff Accountant to continue on to become an Accounting Manager or a Senior Accountant.

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Popular Skills for Senior Staff Accountant


Senior Staff Accountants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Reporting, Month-End Close, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks, Microsoft Word, and Accounts Payable. The majority of those who know General Ledger Accounting also know Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Accountant

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


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $57K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $60K. On average, Senior Staff Accountants make $62K following one to two decades on the job. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $61K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $59,707

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Washington offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Staff Accountants, 17 percent above the national average. Senior Staff Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Houston (+16 percent), Denver (+11 percent), Boston (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Louisville is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. Employers in Las Vegas and Jacksonville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (9 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Staff Accountant

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%
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Experience Affects Senior Staff Accountant Salaries




National Average
$60,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries

Budgeting
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Financial Reporting
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Month-End Close
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General Ledger Accounting
0%

Financial Analysis
0%

Tax Compliance
0%

National Average
$60,000

Microsoft Excel
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Auditing
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
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Microsoft Office
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Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%

Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 132 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
29%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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