What does a Project Accountant do?

Project accountants provide financial support, guidance, and oversight for specific business projects. They are typically involved in the financial aspects at all phases of the project lifecycle. They oversee any necessary pre-authorizations or approvals. They review, verify, and process all invoices and purchase orders. They also review and process expense and mileage reports and payments for vendors and contractors, and ensure all necessary tax paperwork is completed. They prepare expenditure reports with detailed supporting documentation, if needed, and compile final report summaries.

Project accountants typically have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or a related field. They should be proficient with major accounting software programs, along with office programs such as Excel. Familiarity with standard billing protocol and processes is expected, and strong project management skills are required.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.7 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Project Accountant Salaries

Average Base Pay

$63,973 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $64K
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Project Accountant Career Path

Learn how to become a Project Accountant, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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NorthPoint DevelopmentNorthPoint Development
Project Accountant
Aug. 26, 2020

“From my first day I could tell everyone I work with was very friendly and helpful and I would recommend working at NorthPoint to anyone.”

Onboarding Project Accountant
Jul. 28, 2020

“I was reporting to on boarding director and she was the best manager anyone can wish for.”

PCL ConstructionPCL Construction
Project Accountant
Aug. 15, 2020

“This is the wrong job for someone aiming for career growth and skills to grow.”

United Development GroupUnited Development Group
Project Accountant
Nov. 17, 2020

“I was recently hired as a Project Accountant and what I have experienced so far is beyond my expectations.”

Project Accountant
Sep. 8, 2020

“good for starting your career but the growth is stagnant”

Swiss ReSwiss Re
Technical Accountant
Apr. 27, 2020

“Great work and life balance”

The Beck GroupThe Beck Group
Senior Project Accountant
Oct. 1, 2019

“Work balance is good to great.”

Grant Accountant
Oct. 4, 2019

“Plenty of opportunity for training and career growth.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a project accountant

When working as a project accountant, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft EXCEL, Excellent Organizational, Powerpoint and Microsoft Word.

The most similar professions to project accountant are:
  • Management Accountant
  • Accountant
  • Accounting Manager
  • Cost Accountant

The most common qualifications to become a project accountant is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.