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Remembering my career 5 years ago, I was an Accounting Manager. But before that, I was in charge for various position in the accounting and financial field. Started as a bookkeeper, financial analyst, auditor, accounting manager, tax consultant, and controller. Now I’ve been thinking about what will my next-5 years career path will be? Be CFO? ;Or Finance Vice President?

I started exploring and analyzing my career path from the past, currently and the possibility in the next 5 years. Ended up at payscale.com where I found a career path explorer tool called “GIGZIG ™”.  A cool and simple career path explorer, it is able to predict your position five years from now its median salary for each position that match.

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Here are accountant career path I have explored using the tools. I hope it inspires you. Enjoy!

TODAY: Financial Controller [Median Salary: $78,437]

Financial Controller

5 Years Ago:

  • Accounting Manager: $58,241
  • Assistant Controller (Financial): $61,020
  • Senior Accountant: $56,424
  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Assistant Controller: $60,209
  • Office Manager: $36,662

5 Years From Now:

  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO): $122,099
  • Finance Director: $108,341
  • Vice President (VP), Finance: $149,631
  • Vice President (VP) Finance & Chief Financial Officer (CFO): $148,494
  • Financial Controller, Industrial Plant: $79,703

 

TODAY: Accounting Manager [Median Salary: $58,241]

5 Years Ago:

  • Senior Accountant: $56,424
  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Accounting Supervisor: $52,490
  • Office Manager: $36,719
  • Full Charge Bookkeeper: $37,279

5 Years From Now:

  • Financial Controller: $78,437
  • Manager of Financial Accounting: $70,406
  • Assistant Controller (Financial): $61,020
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA): $58,673
  • Finance Director: $108,341
  • Accounting Director: $93,673

 

TODAY: Cost Accountant [Median Salary: $48,314]

5 Years Ago:

  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Accounting Assistant: $32,313
  • Accounts Payable Clerk: $30,010
  • Financial Analyst: $51,730
  • Office Manager: $36,719
  • Accounting Intern: $30,094

5 Years From Now:

  • Financial Controller: $78,437
  • Senior Accountant: $56,424
  • Financial Controller, Industrial Plant: $79,703
  • Senior Financial Analyst: $73,112
  • Cost Accounting Manager: $70,195
  • Accounting Manager: $58,241

TODAY: Financial Analyst [Median Salary: $51,730]

5 Years Ago:

  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Administrative Assistant: $30,140
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR): $28,521
  • Waiter/Waitress: $19,077
  • Sales Associate: $24,402

5 Years From Now:

  • Senior Financial Analyst: $73,112
  • Finance Manager: $82,815
  • Financial Analyst, Corporate: $56,240
  • Financial Controller: $78,437
  • Senior Accountant: $56,424
  • Financial Analysis Manager: $90,154

 

TODAY: Tax Accountant [Median Salary: $50,349]

5 Years Ago:

  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Entry-level Staff Accountant: $37,093
  • Tax Preparer: $32,382
  • Accounting Intern: $30,094
  • Administrative Assistant: $30,140
  • Bookkeeper: $31,417

5 Years From Now:

  • Senior Tax Accountant: $62,596
  • Tax Manager: $88,395
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA): $58,673
  • Senior Accountant: $56,424
  • Tax Compliance Manager: $85,422
  • International Tax Manager: $99,700

 

TODAY: Bookkeeper [Median Salary: $31,417]

5 Years Ago:

  • Office Manager: $36,719
  • Administrative Assistant: $30,140
  • Accounts Payable Clerk: $30,010
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR): $28,521
  • Accounting Clerk: $30,353
  • Assistant Bookkeeper: $27,988

5 Years From Now:

  • Full Charge Bookkeeper: $37,279
  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Administrative / Office Manager: $34,864
  • Bookkeeper Head: $35,975
  • Bookkeeping, Accounting, or Auditing Clerk: 32,538
  • Accountant: $42,021

 

TODAY: Bookkeeping, Accounting, or Auditing Clerk [$32,538]

5 Years Ago:

  • Bookkeeper: $31,417
  • Accounting Clerk: $30,353
  • Administrative / Office Manager: $34,864
  • Full Charge Bookkeeper: $37,279
  • Office Manager: $36,719
  • Administrative Assistant: $30,140

5 Years From Now:

  • Accounting Manager: $58,241
  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Financial Controller: $78,437
  • Accounting Supervisor: $52,490
  • Entry-level Staff Accountant: $37,093

 

TODAY: Tax Preparer [Median Salary: $32,382]

5 Years Ago:

  • Office Manager: $36,719
  • Administrative / Office Manager: $34,864
  • Customer Service Representative (CSR) $28,521
  • Administrative Assistant: $30,140
  • Bookkeeper: $31,417
  • Cashier: $16,654

5 Years From Now:

  • Senior Tax Accountant: $62,596
  • Staff Accountant: $42,613
  • Tax Manager: $88,395
  • Tax Compliance Manager: $85,422
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA): $58,673
  • Accountant: $42,021
  • Tax Accountant: $50,349

Source: GIGZIG ™ Payscale.com

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Maria

    Mar 7, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    Wahh Pak kalau gaji diatas dibanding yg saya dapatkan beda sekali. Saat ini saya menginput GL software, tetapi dapat arahan dari supervisor atau Asst Manager(seperti pembelian peralatan, jangan dibuka akun sendiri untuk pembelian turbidimeter misnya). Selain itu, seperti merangkap jadi keuangan juga, karena membuat sendiri formulir Bank Masuk. Tetapi BKnya sih dari keuangan. Selain itu koordinasi dengan staf pencetak kwitansi yang kadang belum lunas, kwitansi sudah dicetak, ya saya kembalikan.

    Itu disebut clerk atau staf accounting ya Pak? kalau dikontrak disebutkan sebagai Staf Water Treatment Plan. Sudah 2tahun kurang 2 bulan gajinya hanya $250. Tetapi memang saya dengar yang supervisor juga hanya $350 di tempat saya bekerja. Sampai-sampai kami cari tambahan penghasilan sendiri.

    Salam,
    Maria T.

  2. toto

    Mar 9, 2010 at 7:43 am

    salam kenal, oya kalo saya boleh tahu range tadi untuk di Indonesia atau LN? tq

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