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Average Accountant Salary

$51,388
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$2,035
Bonus
$1,191
Commission
$1,949
Profit Sharing
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The average salary for an Accountant is $51,388.
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$40k
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$51k
90%
$71k
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$40k - $71k
Bonus
$459 - $7k
Profit Sharing
$293 - $7k
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$98 - $15k
Total Pay
$36k - $72k
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What Do Accountants Do?

Job Satisfaction for Accountant

3.8 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Accountant are from the companies EY (Ernst & Young), General Electric Co (GE) and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Reported salaries are highest at EY (Ernst & Young) where the average pay is $59,784. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include KPMG, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, earning around $58,983 and $57,224, respectively. CBRE Group pays the lowest at around $46,093. CliftonLarsonAllen and Abc Corp. also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $51,179 and $54,000, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Accountants?

Skills in General Ledger Accounting, Financial Reporting and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Bookkeeping and Accounts Payable.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Accountants?

An entry-level Accountant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $46,590 based on 1,443 salaries. An early career Accountant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $49,401 based on 10,243 salaries. A mid-career Accountant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,308 based on 4,448 salaries. An experienced Accountant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,152 based on 3,725 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $58,178.
Employees with Accountant in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 14.8% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (14.4% more) and New York, New York (13.8% more).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 22,947 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.3%
Early Career
44.6%
Mid Career
19.4%
Experienced
16.2%
Late Career
13.5%