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Average Entry-Level Accountant Salary

$46,543
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$1,904
Bonus
$500
Commission
$1,517
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The average salary for an Entry-Level Accountant is $46,543.
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$35k
MEDIAN
$47k
90%
$59k
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What Do Accountants Do?

The top respondents for the job title Accountant are from the companies EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp and Georgia-Pacific Corporation. Reported salaries are highest at EY (Ernst & Young) where the average pay is $59,003. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include KPMG, LLP and PricewaterhouseCoopers, earning around $58,601 and $54,045, respectively. Bkd, Llp pays the lowest at around $49,083. Weyerhaeuser Company and Georgia-Pacific Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $50,000 and $50,868, respectively.

Career Paths

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What Are Popular Skills for Accountants?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Accountants?

An early career Accountant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $49,275 based on 10,490 salaries. A mid-career Accountant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $55,166 based on 4,533 salaries. An experienced Accountant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $56,029 based on 3,774 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $57,816.
Employees with Accountant in their job title in Seattle, Washington earn an average of 9.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (8.2% more) and Chicago, Illinois (7.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Dallas, Texas (1.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 21,937 survey responses.
Early Career
47.8%
Mid Career
20.7%
Experienced
17.2%
Late Career
14.3%