The Salary of a Temporary Accountant

by Malinda Zellman ; Updated July 27, 2017

The average salary for a temporary accountant can vary dramatically as a result of the company, the accountant's level of experience, geographic location and the accounting specialty (such as corporate accountant vs. revenue accountant, for instance). Employers hire temporary accountants for short-term projects and temporary-to-hire positions that involve a wide range of accounting duties and responsibilities.


In June 2011, Accountemps, which bills itself as "the world's premier provider" of temporary accountants, hires entry-level accountants in the range of $9 to $14 per hour. Experienced or specialty accountants are offered $25 to $50 per hour. Annual salaries for 13 open positions with annual salaries show incomes of $35,000 to $70,000 per year. When hiring temporary accountants, however, employers pay a temporary service such as Accountemps more than the accountants earn.

Indeed, a large employment search site, averaged the stated salaries of temporary accountant job postings nationwide. The average annual salary for temporary accountants nationwide is $42,000 per year. Nonexempt temporary accountants averaged $68,000 per year.

Simply Hired Inc.

Simply Hired Inc., which runs another large employment search site, averaged the stated salaries of temporary accountant positions and found that the average annual salary nationwide is $44,000 per year. The average annual salary for the title of temporary accountant/bookkeeper in June 2011 was $36,000 per year. offers an inside look at corporate salaries. Salaries on are posted anonymously by both employees and employers. In June 2011, a temporary accountant position pays $17 to $19 per hour. Combining annual salary with bonuses, temporary accountant pay ranges from $35,000 to $38,000 per year.

Positions and Salaries with Requirement Comparisons

In November 2010, the city of Merced, California, was hiring a temporary account II for $26.48 per hour. This position required the applicant to have a degree in accounting or a degree in business and two years of professional accounting experience. This accountant would develop and control the city's budget and oversee state and federal grant matters, including grant compliance issues.

According to, in June of 2011, Rose International is hiring a temporary accountant for it Colorado Springs, Colorado location at $21.08 per hour for six to nine months in duration. This position requires a bachelor's degree in accounting and extensive experience or a graduate degree is preferred. (See Resources 2)

Collabera is hiring a temporary Financial Accounting Project Manager for $50,000 to $100,000 in Concord, California for a six to nine month period. The position requires extensive experience and project management capabilities. (See Resources 3)

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About the Author

Malinda Zellman has instructed computer, ESL and GED classes. She is a retired homeschooler and school librarian. She is contributing author for two books, "Games" and "Crafts," by Group Publishing. She has written for print magazines and websites. She holds two BA degrees, business administration and economics, from Rollins College.

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