State of Maryland

ACCOUNTANT I (#004546)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $44,989.00-$71,606.00 Yearly






An Accountant I is the intermediate level of work examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles in order to modify and maintain agency accounting systems, prepare financial reports or statements, and give fiscal advice to management. Employees in this classification may supervise the work of Fiscal Accounts Technicians, Fiscal Accounts Clerks and related support personnel.

Employees in this classification receive moderate supervision from an Accountant Supervisor or other designated administrator.

Positions in this classification are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology. The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of a class specification.

The Accountant Trainee, Accountant I and Accountant II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees. The Accountant Trainee learns to perform duties under close supervision, the Accountant I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed, and the Accountant II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Modifies and implements manual and automated systems to meet the specific fiscal requirements of the agency;

Interprets and applies pertinent laws and regulations to fiscal and accounting operations;

Develops and revises accounting policies to improve accounting controls and efficiency;

Formulates internal controls to ensure the reliability and security of funds and records;

Reviews and authorizes financial transaction records for submission to fiscal control agencies;

Performs reconciliations of entire accounts by determining the materiality of exceptions, selecting the proper accounting treatment, gauging the effect of adjustments on the entire system and maintaining documentation for audit trails;

Prepares financial reports and statements by ensuring that accounting records provide a reliable and adequate basis for required reports, developing and implementing procedures for producing reports and analyzing and interpreting the reports;

Assists with close-out by ensuring that items are properly accrued and adjusted at fiscal year end;

Advises management on the status of agency accounts and recommends alternatives to improve the agency's financial position;

Participates in the audit process of agency fiscal operations by providing auditors with explanations of accounting procedures, providing documentation of fiscal transactions, and assisting in the formulation and implementation of corrective action plans precipitated by audit exceptions;

Acts as a liaison with information processing and fiscal control agencies to resolve accounting records and systems problems;

Adapts procedures and formulates reporting techniques to comply with statewide fiscal requirements and special requirements of other funding sources;

May oversee the work of Fiscal Accounts Technicians, Fiscal Accounts Clerks and related support personnel;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles, theory, procedures and methods;

Knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards;

Knowledge of business administration and management practices;

Knowledge of fiscal control reporting policies and procedures;

Knowledge of commercial accounting systems as related to State or federal charges and reporting requirements;

Skill in designing, modifying and implementing accounting methods and procedures to increase reliability and efficiency of accounting operations;

Skill in identifying and correcting non-conforming entries made to internal and external accounting systems;

Skill in applying fiscal policies in the establishment of fiscal control measures;

Skill in preparing, analyzing and interpreting financial reports and statements;

Skill in interpreting and applying State and federal laws, policies, regulations and rules to agency accounting operations;

Skill in using computerized fiscal applications and software to include spreadsheet software and data base applications;

Skill in managing work time efficiently and effectively under deadlines;

Ability to communicate effectively;

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other accountants, agency fiscal staff, agency management personnel, information processing personnel, payroll personnel, representatives from fiscal control agencies, auditors and federal officials.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Accounting from an accredited college or university, including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing.

Experience: One year of experience examining, analyzing and interpreting accounting systems, records and reports by applying generally accepted accounting principles.


1. Candidates may substitute a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with thirty credit hours in Accounting and related courses, including or supplemented by three credit hours in auditing, for the required education.

2. Applicants who have met the requirements for admission to the CPA examination prior to July 1, 1974 will be considered to have met the educational requirement referenced above.

3. Possession of a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Master's degree in accounting from an accredited college or university may be substituted for the required experience.

4. Applicants may substitute one year of professional auditing experience for the required experience. 

5. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer in the Accounting Officer classification or Financial Management specialty codes in the Accounting field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience and education.


Not Applicable.


Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System. All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions. Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit G, Engineering, Scientific and Administrative Professionals classes. As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining. Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification.

Date Revised

July 21, 2017

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 004546; EST: ; REV: 7/1/2021;

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