Accounting Assistant Salary

Accounting Assistants in the United States can expect to earn an average of $15.83 per hour. Cash earnings for Accounting Assistants — which occasionally include more than $4K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing — stretch from around $26K to approximately $48K. While the company and tenure impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Job satisfaction for Accounting Assistants is high. Some workers in this field — slightly less than a third — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by more than half and dental plans are enjoyed by a little more than half. The vast majority of Accounting Assistants (87 percent) who participated in the survey are women. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,420 - $52,236
$29K
$39K
$52K
MEDIAN: $38,870
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$12.07 - $20.91
$12
$16
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MEDIAN: $16.00
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$0$52K
Salary $29,420 - $52,236
Bonus $245.08 - $4,781
Profit Sharing $312.50 - $4,190
Commission $3,200
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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$26,158 - $48,831
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,090
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $12.07 - $20.91
Hourly Tips $1.25
Overtime $18.59 - $33.05
Annual Data $0$48K
Bonus $245.08 - $4,781
Commission $3,200
Profit Sharing $312.50 - $4,190
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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$26,158 - $48,831
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,499

Job Description for Accounting Assistant

An accounting assistant supports a company in its day-to-day accounting duties. One of the main differences between an accountant and an accounting assistant is that an accounting assistant focuses on administrative, clerical, and data-entry duties. For example, the accounting assistant may upload and scan documents for entry into the company's document-tracking software. The accounting assistant may perform other duties such as processing invoices; filing, sorting, and faxing documents and correspondence; answering phone calls; reviewing documents for accuracy and completeness; tracking inventory; and working on spreadsheets.

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Accounting Assistant Tasks

  • Monitor and follow up on outstanding claims every 14 days.
  • Perform billing-related duties as necessary.
  • Compile reports for insurance billings.
  • Update phone numbers and addresses, and keep payers up to date.

Common Career Paths for Accounting Assistant


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Though some Accounting Assistants move into positions like Financial Controller (where the average salary is $77K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for an Accounting Assistant is to become a Staff Accountant or an Accountant. Compared to Accounting Assistants, the first group earns $9K more on average, and the second group earns $9K more.

Accounting Assistant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Accounting Assistant


For Accounting Assistants, comfortable salaries can be found at Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc.; in fact, median earnings sit around $42K, the highest in the area.

Popular Skills for Accounting Assistant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, and Paying Invoices are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks, Customer Service, and Office Administration. For most people, competency in Accounts Payable indicates knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Data Entry.

Pay by Experience Level for Accounting Assistant

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $33,000 based on 2,043 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 796 salaries. An experienced Accounting Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 782 salaries. An Accounting Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 379 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $35,529

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Accounting Assistants, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 25 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Assistants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+15 percent), Milwaukee (+9 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Chicago (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Miami, 7 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in St. Louis and Houston (3 percent less).

Accounting Assistant Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Accounting Assistant?

Accounting Assistant in Houston:
"High volume work, flexible environment."
Pros: The benefits, the flexibility with hours and vacation time, as well as the fun environment. It is an independent job, so as long as my work gets done, no one is micro-managing me.
Cons: I don't like my pay. I feel like I deserve more because I do a lot. I don't like the new management that has taken over. The environment has changed a lot. I do not like our office space or my office location.

Accounting Assistant in Pottsville:
Pros: The different people I get to meet and the difference it makes in people lives.
Cons: No raise in years.

Accounting Assistant in Atlanta:
"Its New."
Pros: You don't use sick days for Doctor appointments. Nice people to work with for the most part.
Cons: No latter movement. Company is small so there is no privacy to your personal life. No evaluation every year so no structure to the raises. No raises they are tied into you bonus.

Accounting Assistant in Atlanta:
Pros: I like the hours and The job entirety The ability to grow.
Cons: I don't dislike anything about this job.

Accounting Assistant in Liberty:
"Assistant to the accountant."
Pros: I get to do all of the work that the accountant does in hopes that one day I can be in her position.
Cons: I feel like I get taken advantage of and my coworkers expect me to do their jobs.

Accounting Assistant in Paris:
"Flexibility in Type of Work."
Pros: The number one thing that I like about this job is that I can plan out my work, have priorities for longer projects, and feel pretty satisfied at the end of the day.
Cons: I don't like having to work from the traditional 9-5 when I don't have things to work on.

Accounting Assistant in GUAM:
"Office."
Pros: Work environment is good and coworkers are very nice.
Cons: Questioning my pay rate.

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Key Stats for Accounting Assistant

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 707 votes.
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Accounting Assistant Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲6%

National Average
$36,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Accounting Assistant Salaries



National Average
$36,000



▼1%


Data Processing
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼2%

Microsoft Word
▼2%

Payroll Administration
▼2%

▼3%

▼4%



▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 707 votes.

Gender

Female
88 %
Male
12 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
16%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 55%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 30%