Senior Staff Accountant Salary

Senior Staff Accountants in the United States pull down an average of $57K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Staff Accountants — which occasionally include more than $7K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $44K to approximately $75K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career length. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Most Senior Staff Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Staff Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,237 - $72,487

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$18.15 - $33.75

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,237 - $72,487  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,788  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,139  
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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$44,086 - $75,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,502
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.15 - $33.75  
   
Overtime
$19.87 - $44.91  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,788  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $5,139  
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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$44,086 - $75,107  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 168
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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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Senior Staff Accountants who transition into a Corporate Controller role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $92K per year. Senior Staff Accountants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Accounting Managers or Financial Controllers. The median paychecks in those roles are $2K higher and $19K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Senior Staff Accountant


Senior Staff Accountants seem to wield many 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Tax Compliance. Those familiar with Financial Analysis also tend to know 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, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $55K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $58K. Senior Staff Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Senior Staff Accountants who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $60K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Staff Accountants, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Staff Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+16 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), Boston (+10 percent), and New York (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Charlotte, which sits 11 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Indianapolis (7 percent lower) and Atlanta (5 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Staff Accountant Salaries




National Average
$58,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries

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

Financial Analysis
0%

National Average
$58,000

Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Word
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Payroll Administration
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Microsoft Office
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Tax Preparation
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Quickbooks
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Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 320 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
26%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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