Senior Staff Accountant Salary

The average Senior Staff Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K per year. With some bonuses approaching $7K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Senior Staff Accountants spread between $44K and $75K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, Senior Staff Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Female Senior Staff Accountants make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,146 - $72,391
(Median)
$44K
$56K
$72K
MEDIAN: $56,480
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$18.25 - $33.84
(Median)
$18
$25
$34
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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$44,146 - $72,391  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,813  
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,766  
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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$44,014 - $75,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,487
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$18.25 - $33.84  
   
Overtime
$19.95 - $44.83  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,813  
   
Profit Sharing
$498.33 - $5,766  
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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$44,014 - $75,057  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 166
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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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For Senior Staff Accountants, progressing to a Corporate Controller role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Corporate Controller can earn $92K annually. A common career progression for a Senior Staff Accountant is to become an Accounting Manager or a Financial Controller. Compared to Senior Staff Accountants, the first group earns $2K more on average, and the second group earns $19K more.

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Popular Skills for Senior Staff Accountant


Senior Staff Accountants report using a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Month-End Close, General Ledger Accounting, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include 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 many Senior Staff Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $55K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $58K. On average, Senior Staff Accountants make $59K following one to two decades on the job. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $60K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Staff Accountants, San Jose offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Senior Staff Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+16 percent), Irvine (+15 percent), New York (+10 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). Charlotte is the lowest-paying area, 11 percent south of the national average. 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
$58,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries

Budgeting
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Month-End Close
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General Ledger Accounting
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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
$58,000

Payroll Administration
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Accounts Receivable
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Accounts Payable
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Word
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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 322 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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