Chief Accountant - Grade 31

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This title exists within Various New York State Agencies and has approximately 14 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 Chief Accountant, you would function as a director or assistant director of a large-scale accounting program. You would plan and manage financial reporting, accounting, collection and reconciliation for an agency; manage the preparation of financial statements in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) mandated by the Government Accounting Standards Board (GASB); and oversee accounting for taxes, refunds, miscellaneous revenues and receivables of the State. You would direct or assist in the direction of accounting operations and oversee a staff of professional accountants and/or auditors.

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 take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.  

For all qualified New York State employees on or before the date of the examination, 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:

Either A. an Assistant Chief Accountant;

Or B. a Principal Accountant or Principal Accountant (State Accounts & Systems).

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

This title is filled via promotion by the agency or agencies which have this title. Candidates must have had appropriate service in the promotional field for this title to be eligible for consideration. Applicants must apply directly to the agency or agencies that have this title.

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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