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Working As An Accounting Manager

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $79,000

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Manager Do

Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.

Duties

Financial managers typically do the following:

  • Prepare financial statements, business activity reports, and forecasts
  • Monitor financial details to ensure that legal requirements are met
  • Supervise employees who do financial reporting and budgeting
  • Review company financial reports and seek ways to reduce costs
  • Analyze market trends to maximize profits and find expansion opportunities
  • Help management make financial decisions

The role of the financial manager, particularly in business, is changing in response to technological advances that have substantially reduced the amount of time it takes to produce financial reports. Financial managers’ main responsibility used to be monitoring a company’s finances, but they now do more data analysis and advise senior managers on ways to maximize profits. They often work on teams, acting as business advisors to top executives.

Financial managers also do tasks that are specific to their organization or industry. For example, government financial managers must be experts on government appropriations and budgeting processes, and healthcare financial managers must know about topics in healthcare finance. Moreover, financial managers must be knowledgeable about special tax laws and regulations that affect their industry.

The following are examples of types of financial managers:

Chief financial officers (CFOs) are accountable for the accuracy of a company’s or organization’s financial reporting, especially among publicly traded companies. As head of a company’s entire financial department, they manage the lower level financial managers. They oversee the company’s financial goals, objectives, and budgets.

Controllers direct the preparation of financial reports that summarize and forecast the organization’s financial position, such as income statements, balance sheets, and analyses of future earnings or expenses. Controllers also are in charge of preparing special reports required by governmental agencies that regulate businesses. Often, controllers oversee the accounting, audit, and budget departments of their organization.

Treasurers and finance officers direct their organization’s budgets to meet its financial goals. They oversee the investment of funds and carry out strategies to raise capital (such as issuing stocks or bonds) to support the firm’s expansion. They also develop financial plans for mergers (two companies joining together) and acquisitions (one company buying another).

Credit managers oversee their firm’s credit business. They set credit-rating criteria, determine credit ceilings, and monitor the collections of past-due accounts.

Cash managers monitor and control the flow of cash that comes in and goes out of the company to meet the company’s business and investment needs. For example, they must project cash flow (amounts coming in and going out) to determine whether the company will have a shortage or surplus of cash. 

Risk managers control financial risk by using strategies to limit or offset the probability of a financial loss or a company’s exposure to financial uncertainty. Among the risks they try to limit are those that stem from currency or commodity price changes.

Insurance managers decide how best to limit a company’s losses by obtaining insurance against risks, such as the need to make disability payments for an employee who gets hurt on the job or the costs imposed by a lawsuit against the company.

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How To Become An Accounting Manager

Financial managers typically have a bachelor’s degree and 5 years or more of experience in another business or financial occupation, such as an accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst.

Education

A bachelor's degree in finance, accounting, economics, or business administration is often the minimum education needed for financial managers. However, many employers now seek candidates with a master’s degree, preferably in business administration, finance, or economics. These academic programs help students develop analytical skills and learn financial analysis methods and software.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Professional certification is not required, but some financial managers still get it to demonstrate a level of competence. The CFA Institute confers the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) certification to investment professionals who have at least a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of work experience, and pass three exams. The Association for Financial Professionals confers the Certified Treasury Professional credential to those who pass an exam and have a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Financial managers usually have experience in another business or financial occupation. For example, they may have worked as a loan officer, accountant, securities sales agent, or financial analyst. 

In some cases, companies provide formal management training programs to help prepare highly motivated and skilled financial workers to become financial managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Financial managers increasingly are assisting executives in making decisions that affect their organization, a task which requires analytical ability.

Communication skills. Excellent communication skills are essential because financial managers must explain and justify complex financial transactions.

Detail oriented. In preparing and analyzing reports such as balance sheets and income statements, financial managers must be precise and attentive to their work in order to avoid errors.

Math skills. Financial managers must be skilled in math, including algebra. An understanding of international finance and complex financial documents also is important.

Organizational skills. Financial managers deal with a range of information and documents and so they must stay organized to do their jobs effectively.

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Average Length of Employment
Comptroller 4.3 years
Accounting Officer 4.0 years
Accounting Manager 4.0 years
Finance Controller 3.8 years
Top Careers Before Accounting Manager
Accountant 12.5%
Controller 9.6%
Bookkeeper 3.4%
Manager 1.7%
Top Careers After Accounting Manager
Controller 22.1%
Accountant 9.2%
Consultant 4.2%
Bookkeeper 2.9%
Manager 2.0%
Owner 2.0%

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Average Yearly Salary
$79,000
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$56,000
Min 10%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$79,000
Median 50%
$111,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Clifford Chance
Highest Paying City
New York, NY
Highest Paying State
New York
Avg Experience Level
4.4 years
How much does an Accounting Manager make at top companies?
The national average salary for an Accounting Manager in the United States is $79,372 per year or $38 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $56,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $111,000.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Real Accounting Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Jul 19, 2016 $221,697
Accounting Manager Credit Card Services Jul 15, 2015 $178,214
Accounting Manager United Tax LLC Apr 22, 2015 $174,158
Accounting Manager Liberty Consulting & Management Services LLC Feb 10, 2015 $158,163
Technical Accounting Manager Google Inc. May 02, 2016 $153,800
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Sep 07, 2015 $149,380 -
$253,970
Accounting Manager Freund-Vector Corporation Feb 03, 2016 $145,850
Accounting Manager Google Inc. Jun 01, 2016 $142,800
Accounting Manager Google, Inc. Aug 06, 2015 $142,800
Accounting Manager Commonwealth Bank of Australia Mar 15, 2016 $140,000
Accounting Manager Roman Catholic Archbishop of San Francisco Sep 05, 2016 $138,549
Treasury Accounting Manager-Vice President Cit Group (Nj) LLC Sep 21, 2015 $133,000
Technical Accounting Manager Core-Mark International Oct 19, 2015 $130,000
Accounting Manager Lendinghome Corporation Apr 07, 2015 $130,000
Accounting Manager, Associate Fig LLC Jul 22, 2015 $96,741 -
$105,000
Associate, Accounting Manager Fig LLC Feb 09, 2016 $96,574 -
$105,000
Accounting & Trading Manager Trek, Inc. Feb 25, 2016 $96,262
Accounting & Trading Manager Trek, Inc. Feb 18, 2015 $96,262
Revenue Accounting Manager Bloomberg, LP Sep 19, 2016 $95,000
Accounting Manager Nando's Restaurant Group, Inc. Oct 05, 2016 $95,000
Manager, Accounting Fluor Enterprises, Inc. Apr 22, 2015 $95,000
Accounting Manager North Brooklyn Farms LLC Jul 06, 2015 $74,360
Accounting Manager Kum Gang, Inc. May 15, 2015 $74,200
Accounting Manager Atlanta Computer Group, Inc. Mar 09, 2016 $74,000
Accounting Manager-Fiber Division Bio Pappel International, Inc. Mar 22, 2016 $73,486
Accounting Manager Aids Interfaith Residential Services, Inc. (Airs) Jul 20, 2015 $73,174
Accounting Manager KJ USA Inc. Feb 13, 2015 $73,000
Accounting Manager Brooklyn Hotel Management Jan 08, 2015 $72,550
Accounting Manager Magswitch Technology Inc. Sep 12, 2015 $72,500

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Top Skills for An Accounting Manager

  1. Income Tax Returns
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. External Auditors
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed monthly bank reconciliations and prepared quarterly non-income tax returns.
  • Prepared monthly account analysis and reconciliation of assigned general ledger accounts to ensure proper balance sand transactions are recorded and reported.
  • Assisted in the preparation of the annual financial statements including drafting financial statement disclosures and providing information to the external auditors.
  • Developed and interpreted financial statements and reports for individual programs and customized existing reports to suit the needs of program directors.
  • Directed financial reporting activities, compiled monthly financial packet, prepared journal entries, general ledger account and bank reconciliations.

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  4. Rhode Island
  5. Pennsylvania
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  7. Kentucky
  8. District of Columbia
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Accounting Manager Demographics

Gender

Female

56.4%

Male

39.5%

Unknown

4.1%
Ethnicity

White

60.6%

Hispanic or Latino

15.4%

Black or African American

11.4%

Asian

8.8%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

47.1%

Chinese

8.4%

French

6.8%

Mandarin

6.0%

German

4.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

Russian

3.6%

Korean

2.9%

Cantonese

2.8%

Japanese

2.7%

Italian

2.4%

Arabic

1.8%

Vietnamese

1.5%

Polish

1.1%

Hindi

1.0%

Ukrainian

0.8%

Armenian

0.7%

Carrier

0.6%

Croatian

0.6%

Urdu

0.5%
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Accounting Manager Education

Schools

University of Houston

9.9%

Strayer University

9.6%

DePaul University

5.6%

Georgia State University

5.4%

Arizona State University

5.3%

Texas A&M University

4.9%

University of Maryland - University College

4.9%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.6%

Florida International University

4.5%

Pennsylvania State University

4.5%

University of South Florida

4.4%

Pace University - New York

4.3%

University of Central Florida

4.3%

Northern Illinois University

4.1%

San Jose State University

4.1%

Florida Atlantic University

4.0%

National University

4.0%

Fairleigh Dickinson University

4.0%

University of Texas at Arlington

4.0%

Regis University

3.8%
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Majors

Accounting

53.2%

Business

27.1%

Finance

8.0%

Management

2.2%

Economics

1.0%

Accounting And Computer Science

0.8%

Education

0.7%

Psychology

0.7%

Taxation

0.6%

Marketing

0.6%

Computer Science

0.6%

Human Resources Management

0.6%

General Studies

0.6%

Nursing

0.5%

Health Care Administration

0.5%

Criminal Justice

0.5%

Hospitality Management

0.5%

Management Information Systems

0.4%

Liberal Arts

0.4%

Communication

0.4%
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Degrees

Bachelors

55.4%

Masters

26.2%

Associate

9.5%

High School Diploma

3.6%

Certificate

3.5%

Diploma

1.0%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.3%
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