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Senior Staff Accountant Salary

Senior Staff Accountants in the United States pull down an average of $56K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Staff Accountants range from $43K on the low end to $74K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $7K and $6K, respectively. Residence and career duration each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Senior Staff Accountants survey respondents are women (71 percent). A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Work is enjoyable for Senior Staff Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
$43,263 - $71,525
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43K
56K
63K
72K
MEDIAN: $55,881
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$17.77 - $33.46
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MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$43,263 - $71,525  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,559  
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,872  
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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$43,120 - $74,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,277
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$17.77 - $33.46  
   
Overtime
$19.42 - $44.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $6,559  
   
Profit Sharing
$408.51 - $5,872  
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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$43,120 - $74,138  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Corporate Controller. The average Corporate Controller bring home $92K per year. 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


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 Auditing are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Tax Compliance. Most people who know 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.


Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $54K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $57K. Senior Staff Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn any more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Staff Accountants, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Staff Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Irvine (+15 percent), New York (+13 percent), Boston (+12 percent), and Washington (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Atlanta. Indianapolis and Los Angeles are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 6 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Staff Accountant Salaries




National Average
$57,000


Skills That Affect Senior Staff Accountant Salaries


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

Microsoft Office
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Tax Preparation
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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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Quickbooks
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Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 323 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
26%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 56% employee benefits None: 11%