Senior Staff Accountant Salary

Senior Staff Accountants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $58K per year. Total cash compensation for Senior Staff Accountants runs from $45K to $76K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the company and years of experience. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Most Senior Staff Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
Read More
$45,047 - $73,722
(Median)
$45K
$58K
$74K
MEDIAN: $57,807
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

$18.06 - $32.13
(Median)
$18
$24
$32
MEDIAN: $23.00
10%
50%
90%

Add this chart to your site: 640px    300px

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.
)
$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$45,047 - $73,722  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,143  
Profit Sharing
$404.52 - $5,152  
Commission
$3,800  
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).
)
$44,774 - $76,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,548
National Hourly Rate 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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.06 - $32.13  
   
Overtime
$21.57 - $44.28  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,143  
   
Commission
$3,800  
Profit Sharing
$404.52 - $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).
)
$44,774 - $76,382  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 167
United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

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.

Read More...

Senior Staff Accountant Tasks

  • 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.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Senior Staff Accountant


Add this chart to your site:   640px 640px    300px 300px


At the upper end, Senior Staff Accountants who move into a Corporate Controller role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Corporate Controllers is a much higher $93K per year. An Accounting Manager or a Senior Accountant is a typical transition from a Senior Staff Accountant role.

Senior Accountant Job Listings

Search for more jobs:

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Staff Accountant


Popular Skills for Senior Staff Accountant


Survey results imply that Senior Staff Accountants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Month-End Close, Budgeting, General Ledger Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks, Payroll Administration, and Microsoft Word. Competency in Financial Analysis frequently indicates knowledge of Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Accountant

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


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $56K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $59K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Senior Staff Accountants make a median salary of $60K. Senior Staff Accountants who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are no higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $58,558

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

For Senior Staff Accountants, working in the bustling city of Washington has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Staff Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+14 percent), Boston (+13 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 12 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (9 percent less) and Austin (8 percent less).

Related Job Salaries

United States (change)

Find Out Exactly What You Should Be Paid

United States (change)


Comp Managers: Start Here »

Experience Affects Senior Staff Accountant Salaries




National Average
$59,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries

Month-End Close
up arrow 2%

Budgeting
up arrow 2%

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Auditing
0%

National Average
$59,000

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 1%

Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Accounts Payable
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 283 votes.

Gender

Female
69 %
Male
31 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
32%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
ADVERTISEMENT