Staff Accountant Salary in Chicago, Illinois (United States)

With approximately two-thirds of Staff Accountants in Chicago reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $47,050 per year. Pay begins at $35,638 on the low end and climbs to $59,570 per year near the top. Total cash compensation to Chicago Staff Accountants bottoms out near $36,629 and approaches $59,201 on the high end; the bigger paychecks include approximately $4,938 from bonuses and almost $4,000 from profit sharing. Medical and dental benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn vision coverage. Men are barely outnumbered by their female counterparts, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. The majority of Chicago Staff Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Staff Accountant in Chicago, Illinois Salary (?
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$36,629 - $59,201
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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  
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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  
PayScale
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.
For Chicago Staff Accountants, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $46K—can reach $48K. Earnings total $50K after one to two decades. After 20 years of work in the field, Chicago Staff Accountants typically earn $53K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.

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%
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