Average Senior Accountant Salary

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The average salary for a Senior Accountant is $66,467.
MEDIAN $66,467
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$52k - $84k
$799 - $9k
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$297 - $7k
$356 - $25k
Total Pay
$51k - $88k

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Job Description for Senior Accountant

Senior Accountant Tasks
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities within an organization.
  • Investigate budget and variance issues.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare financial reports and prepare budget forecasts.
  • Maintain general ledger as needed.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements for management.
The top respondents for the job title Senior Accountant are from the companies EY (Ernst & Young), Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and CliftonLarsonAllen. Reported salaries are highest at EY (Ernst & Young) where the average pay is $74,071. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG, LLP, earning around $71,107 and $70,238, respectively. CBRE Group pays the lowest at around $60,676. CliftonLarsonAllen and Jones Lang LaSalle also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $64,264 and $66,944, respectively.

Career Paths

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Senior Accountant
Accounting Manager
Financial Controller
Corporate Controller
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Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Senior Accountant

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

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Accountant

An entry-level Senior Accountant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $59,252 based on 53 salaries. An early career Senior Accountant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,335 based on 4,636 salaries. A mid-career Senior Accountant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $67,480 based on 6,214 salaries. An experienced Senior Accountant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,271 based on 4,648 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $68,415.
Employees with Senior Accountant in their job title in San Francisco, California earn an average of 24.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in New York, New York (12.3% more) and Houston, Texas (10.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Atlanta, Georgia (0.6% less).

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