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Staff Accountant Salary in Chicago, Illinois (United States)

A relatively junior crowd, two-thirds of Chicago Staff Accountants have fewer than five years of experience under their belt and the average salary for the field is $47K per year. In the world of Staff Accountants in Chicago, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $36K and $60K. Medical benefits are awarded to a solid majority, and a fair portion earn dental coverage. Women make up a slight majority of Staff Accountants in Chicago, Ill. (54 percent). Work is enjoyable for Chicago Staff Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois Salary (?
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$36,629 - $59,201
(Median)
37K
47K
53K
59K
MEDIAN: $46,651
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Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois Salary (?
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$12.33 - $25.16
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$20K$40K$60K
Salary
$36,629 - $59,201  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,938  
Profit Sharing
$54.50 - $4,000  
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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$35,638 - $59,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 477
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$12.33 - $25.16  
   
Overtime
$22.15 - $36.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,938  
   
Profit Sharing
$54.50 - $4,000  
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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$35,638 - $59,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 70
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Pay by Experience Level for Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Chicago Staff Accountants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $46K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $48K. For Staff Accountants in Chicago, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $50K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $53K. Most of respondents report having between one and nine years of experience in this field. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up one in ten of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise nearly one in ten, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining fewer than one in twenty.
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Experience Affects Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 13%
National Average
$47,000

Skills That Affect Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois Salaries

Tax Preparation
up arrow 16%
Auditing
up arrow 6%
Accounting
up arrow 6%
Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%
Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%
Microsoft Dynamics GP
0%
National Average
$47,000
Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%
Data Analysis
up arrow 1%
Accounts Payable
up arrow 2%
Quickbooks
up arrow 2%
Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%
Accounts Receivable
up arrow 3%
Microsoft Office
up arrow 7%
Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%
Payroll Administration
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
4%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 72%
vision benefits Vision: 51% employee benefits None: 11%