What does an Assistant Accountant do?

Assistant accountants provide clerical aid to the accounting department and other departments where necessary. Assistant accountants may be responsible for numerous tasks associated with accounting, such as writing and delivering reports, managing invoices, receiving and handling payments, and completing general bookkeeping duties. This role exists across industries. Those employed as assistant accountants can advance associate and senior accountant roles through successful years of service and after obtaining additional training and coursework.

Assistant accountants must possess an Associate's degree in accounting or finance, at a minimum. A Bachelor's degree may be required for career advancement beyond the assistant level, and may be preferred for some assistant accounting roles. This role requires significant skills using Excel and other Windows Office Suite tools. Assistant accountants must be able to multitask.

  • Aid accounting staff and department with day-to-day accounting duties
  • Manage ledgers and ensure accurate financial record keeping across departments
  • Receive and process invoices and billing statements
  • Track payments and ensure accuracy of paid accounts
  • Assist with general accounts payable and accounts receivable duties
  • Contact clients and vendors as necessary to ensure accurate and on-time payments
  • Prepare written reports for delivery to senior-level managers
  • Utilize spreadsheets and database tools to assist in financial record keeping
  • A Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance or a related field may be preferred
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) title may be necessary or preferred
  • Notary Public license may be required or preferred in some cases
  • 0-5 years of previous accounting experience
  • Working knowledge of Excel and other Microsoft Office Suite productivity tools
  • Ability to quickly learn and utilize industry-specific accounting tools
  • Strongly detail-oriented with a heavy focus on maintaining accuracy and integrity of accounts
  • Proven analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multitask across different types of accounting-related projects

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
36%
2 - 4
48%
5 - 7
5%
8+
11%

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent Customer Service
Excellent Communication
Attention To Detail
Outlook
General Ledger
Meet Deadlines
Computer Literacy

Assistant Accountant Seniority Levels

L2
Assistant Accountant
CA$54,372/yr
L3
Senior Accountant
CA$67,664/yr
L4
Adjunct Accountant
CA$57,266/yr
Management Accountant
16% made the transition
Cost Accountant
8% made the transition
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Assistant Accountant Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$54,372 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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CA$38k
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