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Working As An Accounting Supervisor

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Processing Information
  • Getting Information
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $74,200

    Average Salary

What Does An Accounting Supervisor Do

An Accounting Supervisor secures the financial operations of a company. They supervise daily transactions, including accounts payable/receivable, general ledger, and bank reconciliations.

How To Become An Accounting Supervisor

Most accountants and auditors need at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. For example, many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  

Education

Most accountant and auditor positions require at least a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Some employers prefer to hire applicants who have a master’s degree, either in accounting or in business administration with a concentration in accounting.

A few universities and colleges offer specialized programs, such as a bachelor’s degree in internal auditing. In some cases, those with associate’s degrees, as well as bookkeepers and accounting clerks who meet the education and experience requirements set by their employers, get junior accounting positions and advance to accountant positions by showing their accounting skills on the job.

Many colleges help students gain practical experience through summer or part-time internships with public accounting or business firms.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Every accountant filing a report with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is required by law to be a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many other accountants choose to become a CPA to enhance their job prospects or to gain clients. Many employers will often pay the costs associated with the CPA exam.

CPAs are licensed by their state’s Board of Accountancy. Becoming a CPA requires passing a national exam and meeting other state requirements. Almost all states require CPA candidates to complete 150 semester hours of college coursework to be certified, which is 30 hours more than the usual 4-year bachelor’s degree. Many schools offer a 5-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree to meet the 150-hour requirement, but a master’s degree is not required.

A few states allow a number of years of public accounting experience to substitute for a college degree.

All states use the four-part Uniform CPA Examination from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Candidates do not have to pass all four parts at once, but most states require that they pass all four parts within 18 months of passing their first part.

Almost all states require CPAs to take continuing education to keep their license.

Certification provides an advantage in the job market because it shows professional competence in a specialized field of accounting and auditing. Accountants and auditors seek certifications from a variety of professional societies. Some of the most common certifications are listed below:

The Institute of Management Accountants offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) to applicants who complete a bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have worked at least 2 years in management accounting, pass a two-part exam, agree to meet continuing education requirements, and comply with standards of professional conduct. The exam covers areas such as financial statement analysis, working-capital policy, capital structure, valuation issues, and risk management. 

The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) to graduates from accredited colleges and universities who have worked for 2 years as internal auditors and have passed a four-part exam. The IIA also offers the Certified in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA), and Certification in Risk Management Assurance (CRMA) to those who pass the exams and meet educational and experience requirements.

ISACA offers the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) to candidates who pass an exam and have 5 years of experience auditing information systems. Information systems experience, financial or operational auditing experience, or related college credit hours can be substituted for up to 3 years of experience in information systems auditing, control, or security.

For accountants with a CPA, the AICPA offers the option to receive any or all of the Accredited in Business Valuation (ABV), Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP), or Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certifications. The ABV requires a written exam, completion of at least six business valuation projects, and 75 hours of continuing education. The CITP requires 1,000 hours of business technology experience and 75 hours of continuing education. Candidates for the PFS also must complete a certain amount of work experience and continuing education, and pass a written exam.

Advancement

Some top executives and financial managers have a background in accounting, internal auditing, or finance.

Beginning public accountants often advance to positions with more responsibility in 1 or 2 years and to senior positions within another few years. Those who excel may become supervisors, managers, or partners; open their own public accounting firm; or transfer to executive positions in management accounting or internal auditing in private firms.

Management accountants often start as cost accountants, junior internal auditors, or trainees for other accounting positions. As they rise through the organization, they may advance to accounting manager, chief cost accountant, budget director, or manager of internal auditing. Some become controllers, treasurers, financial vice presidents, chief financial officers, or corporation presidents.

Public accountants, management accountants, and internal auditors can move from one aspect of accounting and auditing to another. Public accountants often move into management accounting or internal auditing. Management accountants may become internal auditors, and internal auditors may become management accountants. However, it is less common for management accountants or internal auditors to move into public accounting.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions. For example, public accountants use analytical skills in their work to minimize tax liability, and internal auditors use these skills to detect fraudulent use of funds.  

Communication skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to listen carefully to facts and concerns from clients, managers, and others. They must also be able to discuss the results of their work in both meetings and written reports.

Detail oriented. Accountants and auditors must pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation.

Math skills. Accountants and auditors must be able to analyze, compare, and interpret facts and figures, although complex math skills are not necessary.

Organizational skills. Strong organizational skills are important for accountants and auditors who often work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients.

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Accounting Supervisor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    59.8%
  • Male

    37.6%
  • Unknown

    2.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    77.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.7%
  • Asian

    8.8%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.9%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    56.1%
  • Chinese

    8.6%
  • French

    5.7%
  • Mandarin

    5.3%
  • Portuguese

    4.5%
  • Cantonese

    2.9%
  • Japanese

    2.5%
  • Italian

    2.0%
  • German

    2.0%
  • Thai

    1.6%
  • Hindi

    1.2%
  • Korean

    1.2%
  • Carrier

    1.2%
  • Gujarati

    0.8%
  • Russian

    0.8%
  • Dakota

    0.8%
  • Tagalog

    0.8%
  • Hebrew

    0.8%
  • Dutch

    0.4%
  • Catalan

    0.4%
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Real Accounting Supervisor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Accounting Supervisor Bank of China New York Branch New York, NY Oct 01, 2011 $139,075
Accounting Supervisor Los Angeles Computer Department LLC Hawthorne, CA Jul 30, 2015 $115,086
Supervisor, Accounting 1 Stubhub, Inc. San Francisco, CA Sep 27, 2016 $110,000
Accounting Supervisor Pacific Energy Development Corp. Houston, TX Oct 06, 2016 $100,235
Accounting Supervisor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors, L.P. Los Angeles, CA Jun 14, 2013 $100,000
Tax Accounting Supervisor Halliburton Energy Services, Inc. Houston, TX Nov 01, 2011 $100,000
Accounting Supervisor Dastech International, Inc. Great Neck, NY Mar 04, 2015 $99,154
Accounting Supervisor L & L Travel Enterprises, Inc. New York, NY Sep 22, 2016 $96,741
Accounting Supervisor Xtreme Coil Drilling Corporation Houston, TX Jan 15, 2011 $95,000
Accounting Supervisor Robert P. Russo CPA, LLC New York, NY Feb 11, 2015 $93,475
Accounting Supervisor II Caterpillar Global Mining LLC South Milwaukee, WI Jan 03, 2012 $80,000 -
$90,000
Accounting Supervisor Argonaut Management Services, Inc. San Antonio, TX Jun 27, 2013 $80,000
Accounting Supervisor East West Bank Pasadena, CA Aug 24, 2015 $78,000
Supervisor-Fund Accounting Citco Fund Services (USA), Inc. Jersey City, NJ Dec 05, 2012 $77,500
Accounting Supervisor Madison Marquette Property Investments, LLC Washington, DC Jan 06, 2012 $77,419
Accounting Supervisor Advocare International, LP Plano, TX Mar 19, 2015 $77,106
Accounting Supervisor Columbia Medical Center of Arlington Subsidiary LP Arlington, TX Mar 10, 2016 $76,572
Accounting Supervisor Genexus International Inc. Torrance, CA Nov 18, 2015 $63,066
Accounting Supervisor Rocket Space Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 01, 2012 $61,360
General Accounting Supervisor Mitutoyo America Corporation Aurora, IL Dec 18, 2014 $61,048 -
$78,600
Accounting Supervisor Marin Symphony Association San Rafael, CA Sep 27, 2014 $60,523
Accounting Supervisor Intelligent Mexican Marketing, LLC Dallas, TX Aug 20, 2012 $60,500
Accounting Supervisor Mbipch, LLC Malibu, CA Sep 11, 2012 $60,000
Accounting Supervisor, Sales Audit Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. New York, NY Jan 30, 2013 $60,000 -
$80,000
Accounting Supervisor Travel Focus, LLC Dallas, TX Sep 08, 2014 $60,000

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Top Skills for An Accounting Supervisor

PayrollTaxesGeneralLedgerAccountsMonthlyJournalEntriesAssetsExternalAuditorsSuperviseBalanceSheetAccountsAccountReconciliationsAccountsPayablesMonth-EndBankReconciliationsIncomeTaxReturnsGaapBankAccountsCustomerServiceAnnualBudgetSpecialProjectsVarianceAnalysisSOX

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Top Accounting Supervisor Skills

  1. Payroll Taxes
  2. General Ledger Accounts
  3. Monthly Journal Entries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Process monthly, quarterly, and year end payroll taxes and deduction changes.
  • Analyzed General Ledger accounts accuracy.
  • Combined and prepared Daily Journal Entries into consolidated Monthly Journal Entries for upload into Great Plains Accounting Software.
  • General ledger structuring, account reconciliation, month end close, Fixed Assets.
  • Managed the preparation and submission of information to external auditors for quarterly reviews and annual audits.

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