Average Cost Accountant Salary

$56,344
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$2,567
Bonus
$2,000
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The average salary for a Cost Accountant is $56,344.
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$43k
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$56k
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$76k
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What Do Cost Accountants Do?

Job Satisfaction for Cost Accountant

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The top respondents for the job title Cost Accountant are from the companies World Wide Technology, Inc., National Oilwell Varco and Dow Chemical Co. Reported salaries are highest at PPG Industries, Inc. where the average pay is $65,595. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Dow Chemical Co and World Wide Technology, Inc., earning around $64,042 and $51,388, respectively. East Penn Manufacturing Co. Inc. pays the lowest at around $41,593. Mistequay Group Ltd and Teknor Apex Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $43,284 and $48,600, respectively.

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What Are Popular Skills for Cost Accountants?

Skills in Cost Accounting, Month-End Close and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Data Analysis and Microsoft Excel.

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Cost Accountants?

An entry-level Cost Accountant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $48,960 based on 95 salaries. An early career Cost Accountant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $53,147 based on 761 salaries. A mid-career Cost Accountant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $61,888 based on 340 salaries. An experienced Cost Accountant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,509 based on 238 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $65,059.
Employees with Cost Accountant in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 15.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (2.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Cincinnati, Ohio (10.5% less), Dallas, Texas (9.6% less) and St. Louis, Missouri (8.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 1,588 survey responses.
Entry Level
6.0%
Early Career
47.9%
Mid Career
21.4%
Experienced
15.0%
Late Career
9.7%

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