Complete Guide toAccounting Job Negotiations

Dulles Plumbing Group, Inc. - Ashburn, VA 3.0

Process vendor and supplier invoices/payments, data entry to correct general ledger account coding, matching invoices to appropriate authorizing documents,…

$45,000 - $65,000 a year
AXIS - Remote 

Healthcare company needs a part-time bookkeeper with Quickbooks knowledge to reconcile bank and credit card account.

$15 - $20 an hour
Klen Space, Inc. - Remote 

Verifying accuracy of invoices before sending out payments. Creates itemized statements, bills, invoices, and other necessary billing documents, which may…

$28 - $36 an hour
Telesis Corporation - Sterling, VA 3.2

Manage and oversee the daily operations of the accounting department. Specifically, analyze accounting data and produce reports; enforce proper accounting…

Fairfax County Government - Fairfax, VA 3.9

Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a bachelor's degree in accounting; or a bachelor's degree in business administration or…

$52,323 - $87,205 a year
Central Research - Herndon, VA 3.0

The Financial Analyst shall provide reconciliation support for vendor invoices processed through the electronic Internet Payment Platform (IPP).

Estimated: $57,000 - $75,000 a year
AOC Solutions - Fairfax, VA 3.5

Manage the workflow of accounts payable from receipt to distribution. Perform vendor management and compliance. High school or equivalent (Preferred).

$48,000 - $50,000 a year
HSP Direct - Ashburn, VA 4.1

Process accounts payable invoices - transaction entry and processing. Assist in identifying opportunities in the accounting systems to streamline processes.

Estimated: $42,000 - $59,000 a year
Veterans Construction Company - Sterling, VA 

Must have Quick Books Online experience Job Type: Part-time Experience: * Bookkeeping: 1 year (Preferred) Work Location: One…

Estimated: $33,000 - $44,000 a year
Barsala - Los Angeles, CA 

Troubleshoot vendor inquiries regarding unpaid invoices. Process central procurement invoices and requests. Split billable corporate-level invoices by building…

Estimated: $41,000 - $58,000 a year
Sprinklr - Nashua, NH 3.7

Financial accounting is the field of accounting concerned with the summary, analysis and reporting of financial transactions related to a business.

Estimated: $69,000 - $97,000 a year
Advocate Aurora Health - Milwaukee, WI 3.6

Assists in the development, implementation and maintenance of AAH’s accounting systems, policies and procedures, process improvements and internal controls.

Temporary Solutions, Inc. - Fairfax, VA 3.9

Temporary Solutions has partnered with Matthews, Carter and Boyce (MCB) to find accounting students for their externship program. Matthews, Carter and Boyce…

Estimated: $40,000 - $58,000 a year
Keenan Consulting LLC - Remote 

Send invoices to customers and suppliers. Prepare checks for payroll, rent, and other payments. Our firm requires a Bookkeeper to assist the accounting team…

$16 - $30 an hour
Lotus Tickets - Remote 

The Junior Accountant will use the combination of a unique POS system, internal tools, bank and credit card statements, and external tools to reconcile a high…

$50,000 - $70,000 a year
Loudoun County Government - Leesburg, VA 3.8

Identifies and recommends updates to payroll accounting procedures. Reconciles payroll liability accounts and collaborates with the appropriate personnel to…

$57,147 - $97,149 a year
Conflict Kinetics Corporation - Sterling, VA 4.4

Prepare payment for 1099 labor invoices and assist in end of year filing for 1099 to the IRS. Verify and investigate discrepancies, if any, by reconciling…

$1,099 a week
US District of Columbia Courts - Washington, DC 

After three years of service this increases to six (6)hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight(8)hours biweekly.

$61,947 - $80,532 a year
Commonwealth of PA - Dauphin County, PA 3.7

An Associate Degree in accounting or business administration including or supplemented by six credits of accounting. Typing/Data entry efficiency and accuracy.

$36,425 - $54,083 a year

Complete Guide toAccounting Job Negotiations

When you are negotiating for a higher salary or other benefits at an accounting firm, use this guide to job negotiation for accounting for tips.

What is a negotiation?

Negotiation is defined as the give-and-take process of reaching a compromise between parties. Looking at this from an accounting perspective, you could define it as the act of communicating through transactional differences until a mutually favorable outcome is derived. Furthermore, it is important to recognize that successful negotiation will not only pertain to monetary consideration.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the AICPA, recognizes this by advising accountants to negotiate on things other than salary. After all, some of the most important aspects of accounting jobs boil down to non-cash-based compensation such as benefits, paid time off, flexibility, growth opportunities and more.

Given the fast-paced nature of the accounting profession, you have to be very purposeful and make a solid strategy to lead successful negotiation. Fortunately, there is no shortage of opportunities for doing so as employees tend to negotiate on everything from the basic entry-level offers all the way to high-end promotions or even retirement packages.

Getting a new offer is the perfect opportunity to get into some negotiations with the firm. This, however, is not an invitation to ask for unreasonable accommodations or above-average salary. Knowing that the negotiation should be reasonable is crucial. As far as some moderate requests that can be made, the following would be a solid starting point:

  • Professional dues for things like the CPA exam or continuing education
  • Occasional conference attendance
  • A one-time signing bonus
  • Tuition reimbursement and monetary incentives for firm-requested course attendance
  • Added flexibility with Work From Home projects

Since many accounting firms promote their employees once a year, a promotion might be a good chance to get even better working conditions. For example, asking for accommodations in regards to a bigger working space might be reasonable given the added work. Similarly, talking through minor changes such as covered parking could be well-taken by the firm.

Accounting firms may need employees to relocate to an understaffed region, so they will likely offer various incentives to those who accept the so-called "rotations" in other cities. For example, a tax manager from Houston may be asked to do a two-year rotation in the Boston office. Although you have the right to decline the offer without any questions asked, accepting it under modified terms might be a great chance to keep the negotiations active.

In the unfortunate event of the employee and the firm cutting ties with one another, there might be severance packages involved. These are payouts that employees receive in case their jobs were eliminated or contracts ended before the agreed-upon date. This could put an accountant in a relatively strong negotiating position because lawsuits related to severance packages tend to be quite dangerous for employers in the public sector. Courts and juries do not look favorably at high-end firms that cut their employees and refuse to provide acceptable severance.

Although some of the Big Four accounting firms still have obscure rules that force the senior partners to retire at a certain age, most organizations are more open-minded. In other words, they let the employees work as long as they can meet expectations. Once the retirement time comes, however, there might be some room to negotiate things like retirement severance, a limited role within the company and other possible incentives.

Tips on negotiation for accounting jobs

The most important advice for having successful negotiation in any scenario is to be reasonable and professional. Having a good tactic that is characterized by a high level of professional consideration is the essence of healthy discussion with a firm. As an accountant, your strongest asset is probably your track record with numbers, so be sure to have hard evidence of your successes.

Common mistakes during a negotiation

Failing to meet the industry standard and asking for too much is the most common mistake that accountants make when negotiating. This stems from their failure to quantify their own leverage as they may believe to hold more power than they truly do. Accordingly, having a firm grasp of your position and knowing how far the discussions should be pushed must be prioritized. Whether you're signing onto a new firm or negotiating your retirement, having a clear-cut idea of the exact outcomes that you are looking for is incredibly significant. This tells the employer a lot about the in-depth research and consideration that you have. Accordingly, your firm might be more likely to meet you halfway and satisfy your requests. This guide to job negotiation for accounting can help you ensure that you don't make these common mistakes.