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Assistant Accountant

Find out how to become an assistant accountant in the finance sector. Get information on wages, job growth, essential skills and qualifications.

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The current average salary of an Assistant Accountant is $60,000 - 70,000 annually


Assistant accountants help the wider accounting team by maintaining records of payments, invoices, petty cash, preparing accounts payable and payroll. There will be 41, 000 job openings over the next five years due to an ongoing need for accountants in all sectors.

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Key skills

Assistant accountants help prepare financial statements, accounts payable, budgets, process invoices and monitor company costs.

  • Accuracy in compiling data, preparing reports, processing accounts payable and receivable, and doing bank reconciliations
  • Sound understanding of finance and accounting concepts
  • Strong affinity for numbers
  • Ability to use accounting software to prepare records
  • Attention to detail to prepare documentation for accounts payable/receivable, reconcile invoices and calculate costs
  • Methodical, organised, ability to prioritise work and be discreet

Quick facts

Assistant accountants support the accounting team in their duties. This profession is skewed to the female population (81.3%). Jobs will plateau over the next 5 years.

  • Average Hours Worked
    36.8 full-time hours per week vs. all jobs average of 40 hours
  • Main Industries
    Construction; technical, scientific and professional services; manufacturing; and public service
  • Average qualification level
    18.5% Bachelor degree

* All information on this page has been complied using figures from and the Australian Government's - all figures are indications only, and are accurate at time of publication. Please do your own research before selecting a course or career.

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