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Senior Staff Accountant Salary

Median pay for Senior Staff Accountants in the United States is around $56K per year. 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 and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Work is enjoyable for Senior Staff Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$43,963 - $72,082
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$72K
MEDIAN: $56,385
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$18.14 - $33.37
(Median)
$18
$24
$33
MEDIAN: $24.00
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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
$43,963 - $72,082  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,770  
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,175  
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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$43,826 - $74,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,414
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.14 - $33.37  
   
Overtime
$19.83 - $44.95  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,770  
   
Profit Sharing
$487.22 - $5,175  
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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$43,826 - $74,678  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 157

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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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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 $92K per year. Senior Staff Accountants most often move into positions as Accounting Managers or Financial Controllers; those groups report median salaries that are $2K higher and $20K higher, respectively.

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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, 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. Skills that pay less than market rate include Tax Compliance. Most people familiar with Financial Analysis also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Staff Accountant

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


Senior Staff Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $55K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $58K. Senior Staff Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 26 percent, Senior Staff Accountants in San Jose receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Staff Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+18 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), New York (+12 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). In Charlotte, salaries are 11 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Indianapolis (7 percent less) and Atlanta (5 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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National Average
$57,000

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

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 326 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
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%
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