Prin Accountant - Grade 27

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 96 positions statewide.

*The number of positions is approximate and represents the number of positions established (both filled and vacant); it is not an indication or reference to position type or duration, or intent to be filled.

Career Ladder

A listing of titles that are most commonly used as steps for upward mobility for this title series.

Salary Information for Accountant Trainee 1
Title Grade Hiring Rate/yr Job Rate/yr
Accountant Trainee 1 14 $52,198 $66,634
Accountant Trainee 2 16 $58,247 $74,135
Senr Accountant 18 $65,001 $82,656
Assoc Accountant 23 $84,156 $106,454
Supvg Accountant 25 $93,530 $117,875
Prin Accountant 27 $103,784 $127,830
Assnt Chief Accountant 29 $114,976 $140,815
Chief Accountant 31 $127,433 $155,130
Accounting Program Dir 66 $152,191 $191,427

All salary grades for trainees titles are non-statutory (NS) equated to the salary grade identified. These grade equations apply to the starting salaries in their respective salary schedule for the traineeship levels.

This title may exist in more than one negotiating unit. This salary schedule represents the most typical salary for this title. Click here to view additional salary information regarding the various bargaining units.

An individual's final salary is determined by the Office of the State Comptroller. This salary schedule does not reflect any Special Salary Treatments

Job Duties

As a Principal Accountant, you would plan, direct, and oversee a staff of accountants and/or auditors who may perform a variety of accounting and/or auditing assignments requiring advanced knowledge of accounting theory. You would oversee staff performing analysis and evaluation of accounting financial statements and preparation of reports; auditing for compliance with governmental rules and regulations; and auditing accounting systems, financial statements, or records.

View the classification standard for this title which illustrates the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.

Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive or 55-b/55-c service as follows:

Either A. an Associate Accountant or Supervising Accountant;

Or B. an Associate Accountant (State Accounts & Systems), Associate Auditor, Associate Auditor (Forensic), Associate Abandoned Property Accounts Auditor, Associate Examiner of Municipal Affairs, Associate Medical Facilities Auditor, Auditor 2, Auditor 2 (Abandoned Property), Auditor 2 (Employment & Training), Auditor 2 (Forensic), Auditor 2 (Insurance Premium), Auditor 2 (Medicaid), Auditor 2 (Municipal), Auditor 2 (Public Utilities), Auditor 2 (Unemployment Insurance), Correctional Services Internal Auditor 3, Employment and Training Fiscal Auditor 2, Fixed Assets Analyst, Insurance Premium Auditor 2, Insurance Premium Auditor 3, Public Utilities Auditor 2, Unemployment Insurance Auditor 2, Unemployment Insurance Auditor 3, Associate Health Care Fiscal Analyst,** Associate Internal Auditor,** Associate Internal Auditor (various parenthetics),** Auditor 2 (Fiscal Systems),** Auditor 2 (various tax parenthetics),** Data Processing Fiscal Systems Auditor 2,** Financial Services Examiner 2,** Internal Auditor 2,** Internal Auditor 2 (Systems),** Internal Auditor 2 (Investments & Cash Management),** Management Specialist 2,** Management Specialist 2 (various parenthetics),** Tax Auditor 2 (various parenthetics),** Senior Insurance Examiner,** or State Program Examiner 2.**

Only the title or titles listed are qualifying.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.


Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. Job postings on StateJobsNY will contain the most up-to-date qualifications.

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for email notification so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Mobility Options

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through transfers opportunities or other examinations.

For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office at (518) 485-6199 or (800) 553-1322.

You can also visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists.

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