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How much does an Accountant make in the United States?

Average base salary
11.8k salaries reported, updated at Jul 07, 2020
per year
The average salary for a accountant is $54,498 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Food provided
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Disability insurance
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What does an Accountant do?

Accountants work in a variety of industries, including governments and corporations. Some specializations in the field include public accountants, management accountants, government accountants, and auditors. Accountants are responsible for making sure that financial documents, including taxes, are accurate and clear. Accountants may also work as advisors to help individuals or groups make good financial decisions. In addition to their mathematical work, accountants need to be able to explain their conclusions to a variety of audiences, which frequently involves writing reports or presenting their findings verbally.

Working as an Accountant

Depending on what an accountant specializes in, they may:

  • Prepare tax documents and take responsibility for making sure that they are paid correctly and on time.
  • Suggest ways for clients to save money, organize more efficiently, or increase revenue.
  • Prepare statements that corporations will share with potential investors.
  • Audit documents to check for mismanagement of funds.
  • Maintain the records of government agencies.
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being an Accountant

Is the job market good for accountants?

Generally speaking, the job market is similar to the overall job market, so if things are going well economically, the availability of accounting jobs will grow with the general economy.

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What are some careers that are similar to accounting?

There are several careers that are related to the accounting field. These jobs include bookkeeping, budget analysts, financial analysts and managers, personal tax advisors, and tax examiners. Additionally, there is a need for teachers in accounting and related fields at the high school level.

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What is the typical work week for an accountant?

Most accountants work full time, around 40 hours a week. Those hours are typically longer during tax season (February to April).

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