What does a Staff Accountant do?

A Staff Accountant is an important position in many large businesses. A Staff Accountant aids in preparing financial forms and statements on behalf of the company. In addition to this, a Staff Accountant analyzes financial information and informs management of the best practices the field of accounting. They are valuable additions to the accounting and finance department as they have formal education and training in how to properly apply accounting principles.

Staff Accountants require specialized training and must hold at least a bachelor's degree in accounting. Further certification, such as a Certified Public Accountant license is generally required for high-level positions. Due to the nature of the position, a Staff Accountant must possess both personal integrity and meticulous attention to detail.

  • Review financial statements, expenses and previous tax returns to identify the best strategy for organizing and monitoring
  • Present quarterly and yearly financial reports to management
  • Perform general bookkeeping and organize financial forms, documents and receipts
  • Ensure all financial transactions within the company are accounted for and follow legal standards
  • Analyze annual budget recording transactions in need of follow-up documentation
  • Create personal and business invoices and request payment for services rendered
  • Gather appropriate materials regarding yearly tax tables, instructions and forms to accurately calculate taxes for clients
  • Work closely with clients and businesses to obtain personal information regarding potential deductions, educational grants or allowances
  • Licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is strongly preferred
  • Professional experience working with confidential and sensitive information
  • Knowledge of state and federal tax form processes and how to accurately properly prepare forms for each
  • Ability to prioritize daily tasks and meet timely obligations with many clients
  • Knowledge of accounting processes and advanced mathematical skills
  • Experience consulting tax handbooks or other printed materials to determine the proper procedure for preparing challenging returns
  • Skilled using various accounting software and experience in troubleshooting common accounting program problems
  • Personal integrity when working with personal and sensitive financial information
  • Professional experience in financial forecasting and risk analysis

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Excellent Organizational
General Ledger Reconciliation
Microsoft EXCEL
ERP System
General Ledger

Staff Accountant Seniority Levels

Staff Accountant
Management Accountant
16% made the transition
Cost Accountant
8% made the transition
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Staff Accountant Salaries

Average Base Pay

CA$48,983 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: CA$49k
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