How much does an Accountant I make in the United States? The average Accountant I salary in the United States is $61,814 as of January 26, 2024, but the range typically falls between $56,272 and $68,112. Salary ranges can vary widely depending on many important factors, including education, certifications, additional skills, the number of years you have spent in your profession. With more online, real-time compensation data than any other website, Salary.com helps you determine your exact pay target. 

Accountant I Salaries by Percentile
Percentile Salary Location Last Updated
10th Percentile Accountant I Salary $51,227 US January 26, 2024
25th Percentile Accountant I Salary $56,272 US January 26, 2024
50th Percentile Accountant I Salary $61,814 US January 26, 2024
75th Percentile Accountant I Salary $68,112 US January 26, 2024
90th Percentile Accountant I Salary $73,846 US January 26, 2024
25% $56,272 10% $51,227 90% $73,846 75% $68,112 $61,814 50%(Median) Didn’t find job title? Click
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What skills does an Accountant I need?

Each competency has five to ten behavioral assertions that can be observed, each with a corresponding performance level (from one to five) that is required for a particular job.

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Analysis: Analysis is the process of considering something carefully or using statistical methods in order to understand it or explain it.

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Accounts Receivable: Accounts receivable is a legally enforceable claim for payment held by a business for goods supplied and/or services rendered that customers/clients have ordered but not paid for. These are generally in the form of invoices raised by a business and delivered to the customer for payment within an agreed time frame. Accounts receivable is shown in a balance sheet as an asset. It is one of a series of accounting transactions dealing with the billing of a customer for goods and services that the customer has ordered. These may be distinguished from notes receivable, which are debts created through formal legal instruments called promissory notes.

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Internal control: Internal control, as defined by accounting and auditing, is a process for assuring of an organization's objectives in operational effectiveness and efficiency, reliable financial reporting, and compliance with laws, regulations and policies.

Analysis 28.41%
Accounts Receivable 13.62%
Internal control 6.63%
Others 51.34%

Job Description for Accountant I

Accountant I maintains financial records and ensures that financial transactions are properly recorded. Ensures the accuracy of entries to ledger accounts and reconciles subsidiary ledger accounts to the general ledger. Being an Accountant I compiles financial data to aid more senior accountants in the preparation of balance sheets, profit and loss statements and other financial reports. Assists in analyzing current costs, revenues, financial commitments, and obligations incurred to predict future revenues and expenses. Additionally, Accountant I typically requires a bachelor's degree in accounting or finance. Typically reports to a supervisor or manager. The Accountant I work is closely managed. Works on projects/matters of limited complexity in a support role. To be an Accountant I typically requires 0-2 years of related experience. (Copyright 2024 Salary.com)... View full job description

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Career Path for Accountant I

A career path is a sequence of jobs that leads to your short- and long-term career goals. Some follow a linear career path within one field, while others change fields periodically to achieve career or personal goals.

For Accountant I, the first career path typically progresses to Bookkeeping Manager.

The second career path typically starts with an Accountant II position, and then progresses to Accountant IV.

Additionally, the third career path typically starts with a Plant Accountant position, and then progresses to Plant Controller.

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Accountant I salary varies from city to city. Compared with national average salary of Accountant I, the highest Accountant I salary is in San Francisco, CA, where the Accountant I salary is 25.0% above. The lowest Accountant I salary is in Miami, FL, where the Accountant I salary is 2.9% lower than national average salary.

City, State Compared to national average
City, State San Francisco, CA Compared to national average
+ 25.0%
City, State Washington, DC Compared to national average
+ 11.3%
City, State Miami, FL Compared to national average
-2.9%
City, State Chicago, IL Compared to national average
+ 5.5%
City, State Boston, MA Compared to national average
+ 12.7%
City, State New York, NY Compared to national average
+ 17.5%
City, State Dallas, TX Compared to national average
-0.7%

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