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Accounting Analyst

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Creates effective financial data analysis for their company. Develops financial documentation for organizational decision-makers and interpret large amounts of accounting reports for future financial decisions. Ensures accurate transaction records, evaluates financial processing, and controls transaction processes. Also analyzes and verifies company records following organizational rules and industry privacy standards, and has access to control data integration.

Job Outlook

There were 1012 Accounting Analyst job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 24596 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Financial Analyst industry, which includes the Accounting Analyst career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2004:

Salary

Many new Accounting Analyst jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,433.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $69,701.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Accounting Analyst postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $61,953.

Education and Experience

Posted Accounting Analyst jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree70%
Master's Degree29%
Doctoral Degree0%
Other0%

Posted Accounting Analyst jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years31%
3 to 5 years56%
6 to 8 years9%
9+ years3%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Accounting Analyst positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Microsoft Excel (62%)
  • Communication Skills (44%)
  • Planning (30%)
  • Detail-Oriented (27%)
  • Problem Solving (27%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Accounting (81%)
  • Financial Analysis (67%)
  • Budgeting (53%)
  • Financial Reporting (40%)
  • Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) (24%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • External Auditing (19%)
  • SAP (17%)
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) (14%)
  • Scheduling (13%)
  • Spreadsheets (13%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Accruals (6%)
  • Financial Forecasting (5%)
  • Corporate Finance (5%)
  • Management Reporting (5%)
  • Corporate Accounting (4%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed along with the marginal value: the average salary difference between postings that request that skill and those that do not.

  • Financial Operation (3%) – marginal value $2,192
  • Tax Compliance (1%) – marginal value $2,179

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Accounting Analyst skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Financial Analyst
  • Senior Financial Analyst
  • Senior Accounting Analyst
  • Senior Financial Reporting Analyst

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Accounting Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Deloitte (552)
  • Acca (313)
  • Anthem Blue Cross (260)
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (244)
  • cbre (177)

North Carolina

  • Credit Suisse (38)
  • Wake Forest Baptist Health (16)
  • Duke University Health System (15)
  • Wells Fargo (13)
  • Duke University (13)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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