Public Accountant Salary

The average Public Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $56K per year. Job satisfaction for Public Accountants is high. Health benefits are not claimed by all — close to one-fifth lack any form of coverage — but a fair number have medical insurance, and more than half have dental, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 57 percent. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,090 - $77,081
$41K
$58K
$77K
MEDIAN: $57,721
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50%
90%

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$14.92 - $32.81
$16
MEDIAN: $16.25
50%

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$0$84K
Salary $41,090 - $77,081
Bonus $306.39 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $610
Total Pay (?
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$39,330 - $84,563
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 72
Hourly Data $0$32
Hourly Rate $16.25
Overtime $25.09
Annual Data $0$84K
Bonus $306.39 - $9,696
Profit Sharing $610
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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$39,330 - $84,563
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 6

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Job Description for Public Accountant

Public accountants work primarily for accounting companies, while some work independently, and are responsible for preparing, reviewing, and/or auditing their clients' financial statements, such as balance sheets and income statements. They also prepare income tax returns for companies or individuals and assist clients with estate and tax planning, and some public accountants provide bookkeeping services.

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Public Accountant Tasks

  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.

Common Career Paths for Public Accountant


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While Public Accountants do not often become Financial Controllers, the job pays $77K per year on average.

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Pay by Experience Level for Public Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Public Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Public Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 63 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Public Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $63,000 based on 14 salaries. An experienced Public Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $62,000 based on 9 salaries. A Public Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 5 salaries.

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Key Stats for Public Accountant

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
13%
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Experience Affects Public Accountant Salaries

Late-Career
▲30%

▲9%

Experienced
▲8%

National Average
$58,000

▼6%

Skills That Affect Public Accountant Salaries

▲2%

National Average
$58,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
50%
5-9 years
13%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 60%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 21%
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