Senior Staff Accountant Salary

Average Senior Staff Accountants in the United States make around $56K annually. Final cash compensation to Senior Staff Accountants varies from around $44K to approximately $75K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $5K, respectively. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. For the most part, Senior Staff Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$43,968 - $72,288
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$72K
MEDIAN: $56,432
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50%
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$18.04 - $33.67
(Median)
$18
$24
$34
MEDIAN: $24.00
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50%
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National Salary 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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,968 - $72,288  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,758  
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $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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$43,832 - $74,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $33.67  
   
Overtime
$19.75 - $45.03  
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 - $6,758  
   
Profit Sharing
$491.32 - $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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$43,832 - $74,966  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150

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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

  • 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


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Though some Senior Staff Accountants move into positions like Corporate Controller (where the average salary is $92K), this progression is not the norm. The most common next step for a Senior Staff Accountant is to become an Accounting Manager or a Financial Controller. The former position pays an additional $2K per year on average, and the latter position pays $20K more per year.

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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 Budgeting, General Ledger Accounting, Month-End Close, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Tax Compliance. For most people, competency in Financial Analysis indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Accountant

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


For Senior Staff Accountants, more experience in the field does not usually mean bigger paychecks. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $55K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $58K. Senior Staff Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Senior Staff Accountants with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Staff Accountants, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 27 percent greater than the national average. Senior Staff Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+17 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), and Boston (+11 percent). Charlotte is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. Workers in Indianapolis and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (6 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Staff Accountant Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries


General Ledger Accounting
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Month-End Close
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Microsoft Excel
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Auditing
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Financial Reporting
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Financial Analysis
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National Average
$57,000

Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Office
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Tax Preparation
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Quickbooks
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Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 328 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
27%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 58% employee benefits None: 11%