Complete Guide to Accounting Job Negotiations

Supporting Strategies - Virginia 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $35,000 - $50,000 a year

Amazon.com Services, Inc. - Seattle, WA 3.6

CPA) and certifications (e.g., CIA, CISA), and develop a broad set of skills and experience within Accounting & Auditing through a 2-year rotation program.

Estimated: $52,000 - $71,000 a year

SURF & TRAFFIC NEWS NETWORK - Honolulu, HI 

Hours P/T(about 8-10 hours per week). Send all invoices via email ormail. Monthly reconcile along with credit card... We carefully broker theirvaluable airtime.

$20 - $35 an hour

Evy's Tree - Santa Rosa, CA 

Post monthly journal entries and accounting transactions. The Controller will also be responsible for the bookkeeping for the company, keeping us up to date…

Estimated: $71,000 - $94,000 a year

KP Insights, LLC - Leesburg, VA 

The hours will be flexible, but we are looking for someone to work mornings (until 1pm). We help companies focus on what they do best by taking care of the…

$18 - $22 an hour

ALDI - Valparaiso, IN 3.4

Prepares and processes journal entries, reviews automatic postings for cash, assets, expenses, and inter-company charges, and reconciles designated General…

$20 an hour

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $37,000 - $47,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - South Carolina 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $33,000 - $48,000 a year

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Boston, MA 4.3

Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis.

Estimated: $51,000 - $69,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Tennessee 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $48,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Massachusetts 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $49,000 a year

Core One - Sterling, VA 

Process all subcontractor and independent contractor invoices and vendor accounts payables. Process mid-month and month-end billing and invoices for all…

Estimated: $71,000 - $100,000 a year

TN Department of Human Resources - Montgomery County, TN 3.7

Have no conviction for a felony or have been discharged under any other than honorable conditions from any branch of the United States armed forces;

$3,100 a month

Supporting Strategies - Pennsylvania 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $33,000 - $44,000 a year

US Department of Defense - Limestone, ME 4.3

At least 4 years of accounting experience or an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided…

$42,000 - $81,000 a year

TAK Medical Group - Leominster, MA 

Work with CPA to provide supporting documents for tax filing. This is a great part-time opportunity for an experienced Accounting Adminstrator to join our team.

Estimated: $78,000 - $110,000 a year

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Cincinnati, OH 4.3

Throughout your career, be available for temporary duty assignments, anywhere in the world, on either a temporary or a long-term basis.

Estimated: $48,000 - $64,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Maine 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $46,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Georgia 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $36,000 - $47,000 a year

Supporting Strategies - Colorado 4.7

Executing, as applicable, processes related to accounts payable and accounts receivable management, bookkeeping entries, closing the books monthly as well as…

Estimated: $35,000 - $50,000 a year

Complete Guide to Accounting 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.