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Become An Accounting Manager

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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

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • Make Decisions

  • $67,500

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Manager Do

A mid to upper-level manager and accounting professional who oversees staff accountants and/or accounting supervisors or junior accountants. They may or may not be a CPA, but are almost always required to have a bachelor's degree.

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.


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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Real Accounting Manager Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Jul 19, 2016 $221,697
Accounting Manager Credit Card Services Torrance, CA Jul 15, 2015 $178,214
Accounting Manager United Tax LLC Newark, CA Apr 22, 2015 $174,158
Controller and Accounting Manager Tramontina USA, Inc. Sugar Land, TX Oct 01, 2015 $166,920
Accounting Manager Liberty Consulting & Management Services LLC Wilmette, IL Feb 10, 2015 $158,163
Technical Accounting Manager Google Inc. Sunnyvale, CA May 02, 2016 $153,800
Tax Accounting Manager Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. Hercules, CA Sep 07, 2015 $149,380 -
Accounting Manager Freund-Vector Corporation Marion, IA Feb 03, 2016 $145,850
Accounting Manager Google, Inc. Mountain View, CA Aug 06, 2015 $142,800
Accounting Manager Google Inc. Mountain View, CA Jun 01, 2016 $142,800
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Top Skills for An Accounting Manager


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Top Accounting Manager Skills

  1. Payroll Taxes
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared weekly and biweekly payroll and payroll taxes for over 100 small businesses.
  • Reconciled general ledger accounts and assisted in annual budget process.
  • Reviewed and approved department expense reports against company policies and procedures.
  • Prepared annual financial statements and managed and interfaced with the external auditors (Ernst & Young).
  • Ensured monthly account reconciliations were performed in accordance with established guidelines and company procedures.

Top Accounting Manager Employers

What Kind Of Companies Hire an Accounting Manager

  1. Robert Half
  2. Walmart
  3. First Data
  4. The Salvation Army
  5. Wells Fargo
  6. AIG
  7. Pilgrim's
  8. Fiserv
  9. Xerox
  10. Ahlers and Stoll
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