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A staff accountant is responsible for a wide array of duties, such as maintaining the company’s general ledger and subsidiary ledger accounts; preparing financial statements and tax returns; maintaining accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll accounts; preparing invoices and loan packages; posting to the accounting software program; maintaining employee files and payroll records; preparing check requests and purchase requisitions; performing bank reconciliations and account reconciliations between the general ledger and subsidiary ledger and between the general ledger and financial statements. At times, they may be asked to supervise clerical positions, assist the senior accountant or work on special projects as requested by management. Throughout the course of their job, they interact with auditors, accounting clerks, clients, controllers, managers and vendors.
According to Indeed.com, the average salary for a staff accountant in Boston is $54,000. That’s 15 percent higher than the national average pay for a staff accountant. A master’s degree in accounting or business administration results in increased pay and job advancement opportunities. Similar jobs in Boston include professional service accountant, paying an average of $59,000; retail accountants who earn $50,000 on average; and senior accountants, who top the ledger with an average salary of $73,000.
A formal education is a key requirement for anyone wishing to become a staff accountant. Requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in cost, governmental, management or public accounting. A good place to start is by taking courses in business law, business mathematics, financial statement analysis, public speaking, statistics, tax law and technical writing. Staff accountants who will be filing financial reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) must be Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).
The future looks bright for staff accountants. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job growth for accountants is predicted to be at 22 percent between 2008 and 2018. The BLS credits changing financial regulations and globalization of business for contributing to that positive growth scenario.
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