Accountant Trainee Positions With State Start at $34,427

Experienced Applicants Can Forgo Traineeship; $35 Fee for March Exam; Residency Not Required

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The state is accepting applications through Feb. 12 for Accountant Aide Trainees to work in agencies statewide. The current salary is $34,427.

The fee for the March 28 exam is $35.

Pay Adjustments

Appointees who work in New York City or in Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland or Westchester counties will receive an additional $3,026 annual downstate adjustment. Appointees who work in Dutchess, Orange or Putnam counties will receive an additional $1,513 annual mid-Hudson adjustment.

The eligible list resulting from the open-competitive examination will be used to fill two-year traineeships leading to Accountant Aide.

Accountant Aide Trainee 1, under the direct supervision of a professional accountant or auditor, draft segments of audit reports and/or correspondence, and assist in analyzing and evaluating financial reports.

They also verify accounting records, and evaluate accounting procedures.


On or before March 28, applicants must have six semester credit hours of accounting, auditing or taxation courses, and either:

1) one year of full-time experience gathering, preparing and updating financial data, financial reports and records;

Or 2) one year of full-time experience reconciling accounts and data, reviewing accounting and auditing reports, and verifying accuracy of calculations, balances and supporting documentation;

Or 3) one year of full-time experience assisting accountants or auditors conducting financial and program audits by counting, verifying and reconciling inventory and cash-on-hand, and determining and verifying the accuracy and propriety of transactions, records and reports.

Those applicants who expect to meet the educational requirements by Sept. 30 can be admitted to the written test but cannot be considered for appointment until they submit proof of completion of the educational requirement to the appointing authority at the time of their employment interview.

Upon successful completion of a 12-month training as an Accountant Aide Trainee 1, appointees will automatically advance to Accountant Aide Trainee 2 at a salary of $38,464.

Upon satisfactory completion of the 12-month training as an Accountant Aide Trainee 2, they will be advanced to the full title of Accountant Aide, at a salary of $42,986.

Direct Appointments

Those who have 18 months of full-time experience and nine semester credit hours of accounting, auditing or taxation courses may be appointed directly to the Trainee 2 Level.

Those with two years of full-time experience and 12 semester credit hours of accounting, auditing or taxation, may be appointed directly to the journey level.

Applicants must inform the appointing authority of this experience and education at the time of their interview.

In addition to the six credit hours required to be admitted to this examination, applicants must have an additional six credit hours in accounting, auditing or taxation (for a total of 12 credit hours) to complete this traineeship.

An appointee's performance in the trainee position and in prescribed training and development programs will be observed and evaluated. 

Qualifying part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.

New York State residence is not required.

The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills and/or abilities in such areas as:

Fundamentals of account keeping and bookkeeping, arithmetic reasoning, preparing written material, and understanding and interpreting tabular material.

Test-takers should bring a handheld battery or solar-powered calculator for use on this test. Cellphones will not be permitted in the test-taking area.

Passing scores are 70 or higher. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime Veterans' and Civil Service Law Section 85-a credits to final scores.

Complete information on the position and requirements can be found online at

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