Assistant Accountant Salary in Australia

As digital disruption in Australia continues to re-shape the accounting and finance function since COVID-19, a combination of strong technical and commercial skills, including data analysis, attention to detail, problem solving and analytical expertise can give candidates considerable leverage when it comes to negotiating an Assistant Accountant salary in Australia.

How to negotiate the salary of an Assistant Accountant in Australia

In the Robert Half Salary Guide, salaries are broken down by percentiles. This allows you to see how different skills, experience, and qualifications can shape an Assistant Accountant salary in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, or Perth, alongside related positions.

What is a 25th percentile Assistant Accountant?

In this Assistant Accountant salary percentile, candidates are often about to complete – or are recent graduates of a Bachelor’s degree in finance or accounting. In a role that calls for the ability to multi-task and manage deadlines, the breadth of responsibilities may include invoice entry, accounts payable and expense analysis. Candidates will often be under the direct supervision of an Accountant, and will need to progressively demonstrate the ability to take the initiative and work independently.

What is a 50th percentile Assistant Accountant?

This salary percentile would traditionally call for an Assistant Accountant to be experienced in SAP accounting software, and be able to work unsupervised across a range of tasks including preparation of monthly BAS returns, maintaining the fixed assets register, and assisting with the month end reporting process. Candidates in this salary percentile require strong collaboration skills as they may be called on to liaise with external auditors, as well as working with other departments such as sales and operations to facilitate inventory analysis and stock control.

What is a 75th percentile Assistant Accountant?

To command an Assistant Accountant salary in this percentile, candidates are expected to have at least three to five years of experience, and may be working towards additional qualifications such as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA). The role demands a high level of accuracy and the discipline to meet deadlines. Responsibilities may involve general ledger maintenance, monthly balance sheet reconciliations, and preparing and circulating monthly revenue reports, financial variance analysis and cash flow statements.

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