General Accountant Salary

Median pay for General Accountants in the United States is around $51K per year. Cash earnings for General Accountants — including $6K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $37K to $66K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and career length each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women account for the majority of General Accountants who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. Work is enjoyable for General Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,976 - $66,712
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$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $51,496
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$14.19 - $26.18
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MEDIAN: $19.74
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$0$66K
Salary $39,976 - $66,712
Bonus $206.08 - $5,575
Profit Sharing $124.58 - $4,848
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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$36,606 - $66,546
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 194
Hourly Data $0$41
Hourly Rate $14.19 - $26.18
Overtime $21.64 - $41.71
Annual Data $0$66K
Bonus $206.08 - $5,575
Profit Sharing $124.58 - $4,848
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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$36,606 - $66,546
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 73

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Job Description for General Accountant

General accountants gather and analyze financial records and documentation for a variety of purposes, including writing financial reports, compiling profit statements, filling out tax returns, and making budgets. General accountants are typically either self-employed or work for accounting firms with which businesses contract.

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General Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare and post entries to the general ledger and manage the monthly close process.
  • Prepare and implement audit schedules and process re-engineering to reduce financial errors.
  • Reconcile balance sheets, accounts, and invoices.
  • Prepare monthly, quarterly, and ad hoc reports with variance explanations.

Common Career Paths for General Accountant


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General Accountants may progress into high-paying roles like Financial Controller, where median compensation is $77K annually. General Accountants most often move into positions as Senior Accountants or Financial Analysts; those groups report median salaries that are $10K higher and $6K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for General Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in ADP Payroll System, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and General Ledger Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration, Microsoft Dynamics GP, and Accounting. Most people familiar with Accounts Payable also know Accounts Receivable and Financial Reporting. The majority of those who know Microsoft Excel also know Financial Reporting and Accounts Receivable.

Pay by Experience Level for General Accountant

Pay by Experience for a General Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level General Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $47,000 based on 144 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A General Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $52,000 based on 76 salaries. An experienced General Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 77 salaries. A General Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $51,000 based on 30 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,986

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

General Accountants working in Portland make a little more than the national average; however, geographic location doesn't seem to influence pay too heavily overall. Compared to the national average, Cleveland General Accountants have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Chicago (17 percent less) and Houston (16 percent less).

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Key Stats for General Accountant

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.
Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects General Accountant Salaries

▲4%

▲3%

▲1%

National Average
$50,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect General Accountant Salaries

ADP Payroll System
▲5%


National Average
$50,000

General Ledger Accounting
▼2%





Month-End Close
▼8%

Accounting
▼9%

Microsoft Dynamics GP
▼12%

Payroll Administration
▼20%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
2%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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