$44,492
Avg. Salary
$18.15
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,774

Bonus

$1,186

Profit Sharing

$1,965

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for an Accounting Specialist is $18.15 per hour.

The average pay for an Accounting Specialist is $44,492 per year.

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$14.38
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$18.15
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$23.94
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MEDIAN $18.15
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$34k
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MEDIAN $44,492
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$0$61K
Salary $33,993 - $61,058
Bonus $490 - $5,200
Profit Sharing $205 - $5,106
Commission $1,965
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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$31,262 - $57,156
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,830
Hourly Data $0$36
Hourly Rate $14.38 - $23.94
Hourly Tips $0.14
Overtime $20.65 - $36.30
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $490 - $5,200
Commission $1,965
Profit Sharing $205 - $5,106
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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$31,262 - $57,156
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 17 Mar 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,326

Job Description

Accounting specialists are responsible for executing accounting tasks and strategies for their organizations and performing day-to-day financial activities including completing tax forms, logging revenues and expenses, and balancing checkbooks. They are also tasked with providing support to the financial department to find discrepancies in billing, payroll, and expenses, and must have strong problem-solving skills to find innovative solutions to save company resources and reduce expenses.

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Accounting Specialist Tasks
  • Manage various forms of accounting data, such as that related to accounts payable and accounts receivable.
  • Contribute to maintenance of accounting data and provide support as needed to accounting department.
  • Processes documents related to expenses, such as checks.

Popular Employer Salaries

$0$45K

Martin Brothers
63 profiles
$36,841

$39,205

U.S. Bank
5 profiles
$35,952

Common Career Paths


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As Accounting Specialists transition into upper-level roles such as Financial Controller, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Financial Controllers earn $77K on average per year. Staff Accountants or Accounting Managers are common next-step roles for Accounting Specialists moving up in their careers; annual pay for Staff Accountants is $4K higher on average, and it's $20K higher for Accounting Managers.

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Popular Skills


Survey results imply that Accounting Specialists deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in SAP SAP Financial Accounting and Controlling, Reconciliation, Financial Reporting, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Entry, Microsoft Office, and Billing. Most people experienced in Accounts Payable also know Microsoft Excel and Financial Reporting.

Pay by Experience Level

Pay by Experience for an Accounting Specialist has a positive trend. An entry-level Accounting Specialist with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $38,000 based on 983 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Accounting Specialist with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 532 salaries. An experienced Accounting Specialist which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $44,000 based on 576 salaries. An Accounting Specialist with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 392 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $41,236

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

For Accounting Specialists, Chicago provides a pay rate that is 23 percent greater than the national average. Accounting Specialists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+18 percent), Dallas (+16 percent), Seattle (+16 percent), and Houston (+11 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Tulsa, 15 percent below the national average. On the whole, employers pay 8 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Cedar Falls and Austin.

Job Reviews

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

Accounting Specialist in Raleigh:
Pros: I love numbers so this is a great job for me. I also enjoy auditing and practicing financial stewardship. Flexibility in my current position is wonderful.
Cons: Working for a non profit. I love working for a mission, but there is almost too much work for each operations position. Very stressful all year long.

Accounting Specialist in Battle Creek:
Pros: The most that I like about my job is that I am responsible and accountable for a small section of yhe accounting department.
Cons: I am doing entry level accounting , and I would like to do more.

Accounting Specialist in Seattle:
"Sorting."
Know job description.

Accounting Specialist in Goleta:
"Fast paced work. Learn a lot in a very short time."
Pros: Very casual dress code. Four minute drive from home. My manager is very helpful and supportive.
Cons: It does not require a college degree. I need a job that honors my education.

Accounting Specialist in Scotts Valley:
"Organizational skills."
Must be a very focused and organized person to obtain this type of work.

Accounting Specialist in Chicago:
"Performance reviews, merit reviews."
Ask about all benefits -- make a list so you don't forget.

Accounting Specialist in Clewiston:
"Knew More About The Employers."
Be able to calculate and not rely strictly on calculators and computers. You should be able to look at a spreadsheet and determine if it is correct.

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Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 933 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
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How Experience Affects Salaries

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National Average
$41,000

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How Skills Affect Salaries





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National Average
$41,000


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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 933 votes.

Gender

Female
81 %
Male
19 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 57%
no benefits
None: 17%