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Accounting Assistant Average Salary in France 2020

How much money does an Accounting Assistant make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
25,300 EUR
( 2,110 EUR monthly)


A person working as an Accounting Assistant in France typically earns around 25,300 EUR per year. Salaries range from 11,600 EUR (lowest) to 40,200 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Accounting Assistant salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Accounting Assistant Salary Distribution in France

Median and salary distribution yearly France Accounting Assistant
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Accounting Assistant salaries in France range from 11,600 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 40,200 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 27,300 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Accounting Assistant(s) are earning less than 27,300 EUR while the other half are earning more than 27,300 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Accounting Assistant(s) are earning less than 17,500 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 17,500 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Accounting Assistant(s) are earning less than 36,500 EUR while 25% are earning more than 36,500 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Accounting Assistant Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Accounting Assistant salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Accounting Assistant with less than two years of experience makes approximately 13,200 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 17,600 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 26,100 EUR per year, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Accounting Assistant(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 31,800 EUR per year, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 34,700 EUR per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 37,500 EUR per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Accounting Assistant average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
13,200 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
17,600 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
26,100 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
31,800 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
34,700 EUR
20+ Years+8%
37,500 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Accounting Assistant Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Accounting Assistant(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Accounting Assistant salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is High School, the average salary of an Accounting Assistant is 16,200 EUR per year.

While someone with a Certificate or Diploma gets a salary of 19,100 EUR per year, 18% more than someone having a High School degree.

A Bachelor's Degree gets its holder an average salary of 27,600 EUR per year, 45% more than someone with a Certificate or Diploma.

Professionals who hold a Master's Degree are rewarded with an average salary of 36,200 EUR per year, 31% more than someone with Bachelor's Degree.

Accounting Assistant average salary difference by education level in France

High School
16,200 EUR
Certificate or Diploma+18%
19,100 EUR
Bachelor's Degree+45%
27,600 EUR
Master's Degree+31%
36,200 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 20,700 Euro(s) to 62,000 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Accounting Assistant Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Accounting Assistant employees in France earn 8% more than their female counterparts on average.

24,300 EUR
26,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Accounting Assistant Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Accounting Assistant(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Accounting Assistant

Accounting Assistant(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2019. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Accounting Assistant Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Accounting Assistant
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An Accounting Assistant is considered to be a low bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

66% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,300 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Accounting Assistant Average Hourly Wage in France

12 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 12 EUR. This means that the average Accounting Assistant in France earns approximately 12 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Accounting Assistant VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Accounting Assistant and Accounting and Finance yearly France
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The average salary for Accounting Assistant is 50% less than that of Accounting and Finance. Also, Accounting and Finance salaries are 2% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Account Examiner25,700 EUR+2%
Account Executive43,500 EUR+72%
Accountant33,200 EUR+31%
Accounting Assistant25,300 EUR+0%
Accounting Associate23,800 EUR-6%
Accounting Clerk20,500 EUR-19%
Accounting Coordinator30,800 EUR+22%
Accounting Manager73,700 EUR+190%
Accounting Supervisor47,800 EUR+89%
Accounting Technician22,700 EUR-10%
Accounts Executive45,100 EUR+78%
Accounts Payable and Receivable Specialist35,600 EUR+41%
Accounts Payable Clerk25,100 EUR-1%
Accounts Payable Manager65,100 EUR+160%
Accounts Receivable Clerk26,400 EUR+4%
Accounts Receivable Manager67,200 EUR+170%
Assistant Accounting Manager60,700 EUR+140%
Assistant Auditor35,300 EUR+40%
Audit Supervisor61,300 EUR+140%
Auditing Clerk26,400 EUR+4%
Auditing Manager69,600 EUR+180%
Billing Coordinator30,000 EUR+19%
Billing Specialist35,600 EUR+41%
Billing Supervisor52,300 EUR+110%
Bookkeeper21,900 EUR-13%
Bookkeeping Specialist30,900 EUR+22%
Budget Analyst55,800 EUR+120%
Budget Manager71,900 EUR+180%
Business Support Analyst39,800 EUR+57%
Capital Markets Associate53,100 EUR+110%
Cash Flow Analyst51,300 EUR+100%
Cash Management Officer37,000 EUR+46%
Cashbook Clerk23,400 EUR-8%
Chartered Accountant44,300 EUR+75%
Collections Clerk20,000 EUR-21%
Collections Specialist34,400 EUR+36%
Corporate Treasurer64,500 EUR+150%
Cost Accountant34,500 EUR+36%
Cost Accounting Manager65,300 EUR+160%
Cost Analyst56,400 EUR+120%
Credit and Collection Manager69,700 EUR+180%
Credit and Collection Staff27,100 EUR+7%
Credit and Loans Officer24,900 EUR-2%
Credit Controller47,400 EUR+87%
Debt Adviser55,800 EUR+120%
Debt Collector26,500 EUR+5%
Debtors Clerk23,800 EUR-6%
Deputy CFO90,800 EUR+260%
Derivative Trader59,600 EUR+140%
Escrow Assistant29,200 EUR+15%
External Auditor45,600 EUR+80%
Finance Associate28,600 EUR+13%
Finance Executive69,100 EUR+170%
Finance Licensing Clerk23,500 EUR-7%
Finance Licensing Manager66,900 EUR+160%
Finance Licensing Specialist36,900 EUR+46%
Finance Officer33,400 EUR+32%
Finance President95,300 EUR+280%
Finance Relationship Manager81,900 EUR+220%
Finance Release Analyst38,200 EUR+51%
Finance Team Leader 77,000 EUR+200%
Financial Actuary51,100 EUR+100%
Financial Administrator56,400 EUR+120%
Financial Analyst61,900 EUR+140%
Financial Applications Specialist43,200 EUR+71%
Financial Assistant27,100 EUR+7%
Financial Associate28,100 EUR+11%
Financial Claims Analyst45,700 EUR+81%
Financial Claims Manager58,900 EUR+130%
Financial Commercial Analyst49,100 EUR+94%
Financial Compliance Analyst54,200 EUR+110%
Financial Consultant46,500 EUR+84%
Financial Controller52,100 EUR+110%
Financial Coordinator31,900 EUR+26%
Financial Customer Service Manager59,800 EUR+140%
Financial Dealer and Broker38,100 EUR+51%
Financial Encoder30,000 EUR+19%
Financial Manager92,000 EUR+260%
Financial Operations Manager84,800 EUR+240%
Financial Policy Analyst51,300 EUR+100%
Financial Project Manager67,700 EUR+170%
Financial Quantitative Analyst58,400 EUR+130%
Financial Reporting Consultant50,000 EUR+98%
Financial Reporting Manager63,200 EUR+150%
Financial Services Sales Agent35,600 EUR+41%
Fixed Assets Administrator34,600 EUR+37%
Forensic Accountant41,300 EUR+63%
Fraud Detection Supervisor43,400 EUR+72%
Fraud Prevention Manager70,100 EUR+180%
Fund Accountant32,000 EUR+26%
Grants Coordinator24,500 EUR-3%
Internal Auditor46,900 EUR+85%
Internal Control Adviser55,400 EUR+120%
Internal Control Officer29,900 EUR+18%
Inventory Accountant36,400 EUR+44%
Investment Analyst69,400 EUR+170%
Investment Fund Manager72,600 EUR+190%
Investment Underwriter29,800 EUR+18%
Investor42,900 EUR+70%
Investor Relations Manager65,000 EUR+160%
KYC Team Leader63,900 EUR+150%
Management Economist75,200 EUR+200%
Paymaster27,400 EUR+8%
Payroll Clerk28,200 EUR+11%
Payroll Manager63,700 EUR+150%
Pensions Administrator34,200 EUR+35%
Pricing Analyst57,700 EUR+130%
Private Equity Analyst62,000 EUR+150%
Proposal Development Coordinator28,700 EUR+13%
Receivables Accountant30,000 EUR+19%
Regulatory Accountant37,500 EUR+48%
Retirement Plan Analyst56,200 EUR+120%
Revenue Management Specialist56,900 EUR+120%
Revenue Recognition Analyst62,100 EUR+150%
Risk Management Director81,200 EUR+220%
Risk Management Supervisor65,100 EUR+160%
Tax Accountant32,300 EUR+28%
Tax Advisor53,200 EUR+110%
Tax Associate28,300 EUR+12%
Tax Manager72,300 EUR+190%
Teller20,000 EUR-21%
Treasury Accountant35,400 EUR+40%
Treasury Analyst57,300 EUR+130%
Underwriter23,000 EUR-9%
Underwriting Assistant23,300 EUR-8%
Vice President of Finance96,600 EUR+280%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux24,100 EUR
Lille23,400 EUR
Lyon26,900 EUR
Marseille27,300 EUR
Montpellier24,300 EUR
Nantes25,200 EUR
Nice25,600 EUR
Paris27,600 EUR
Strasbourg24,400 EUR
Toulouse25,900 EUR
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