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.
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:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $71,433.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||31%|
|3 to 5 years||56%|
|6 to 8 years||9%|
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.
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%)
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%)
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%)
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
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.
- Senior Financial Analyst
- Financial Analyst (General)
- Financial Reporting Accountant
- Senior Accountant
- Financial Planning Manager
Here are the employers that have posted the most Accounting Analyst jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Deloitte (552)
- Acca (313)
- Anthem Blue Cross (260)
- PricewaterhouseCoopers (244)
- cbre (177)
- 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
If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!