Accounting software costs can start as low as $9 and as high as $500 per user per month, while one-time license fees start around $499. For more advanced accounting systems and more users, you can expect to pay closer to $375 per user per month, or $1,000+ for a license.
Picking the right functionality, support options, and integration help for your next accounting software purchase can be difficult. At times the options may seem limitless, with nothing setting one option apart from the next.
But finding actual pricing should never be difficult—and that’s where we come in.
Our researchers scoured the web to collect pricing information for the accounting software market. With the information we’re providing you here, you can quickly identify systems that fit your budget and weed out the ones that might break your bank.
Pricing of popular accounting systems
(1 – 4 USERS)
(5 – 9 USERS)
|AccountEdge||Perpetual license fee||$499 – $1,996||$2,495 – $4,491||$5,489+|
|Billy||Subscription / mo||$15||$19||$39|
|FloQast||Subscription / mo||$125 – $500||$625 – $1,125||$1,250+|
|Freeagent||Subscription / mo||$20||$20||$20|
|MYOB Essentials||Subscription / mo||$27||$45||$45+|
|Officewise||Subscription / mo||$9 – $33||$40 – $72||$80+|
|QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise||Perpetual license fee||$1,100||$1,430||$1,760+|
|QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise, with Hosting||Subscription / mo||$127 – $374||$374 – $616||$676+|
|QuickBooks Online||Subscription / mo||$20 – $60||$60||$75|
|Sage 50 Accounting||Subscription / mo||$47 – $172||$172 – $305||$305+|
|Sage One||Subscription / mo||$25||N/A||N/A|
|SlickPie||Subscription / mo||$20||$20||$20|
|Xero||Subscription / mo||$9||$30||$60|
|ZipBooks||Subscription / mo||$0||$15||$30+|
|Zoho Books||Subscription / mo||$9 – $13||$15 – $23||$29+|
The pricing information included in this table was collected from the vendors’ websites in December 2018. Software Advice is not in a position to provide detailed price quotes on behalf of these vendors, and this data should not be considered as such. The information is simply a compilation of what is publicly available online. Buyers should contact the software vendor for actual pricing.
Accounting software price ranges
Accounting software vendors, like those in many other industries, typically offer a couple of purchase options depending on your current infrastructure and budget. We created a range for each type:
- Perpetual pricing models require upfront payments for unlimited access to the system for as long as you need it.
- Subscription pricing models don’t typically require upfront fees and are paid for in a monthly or annual subscription.
Accounting software pricing models and unexpected costs
Perpetual license costs for accounting software may include customization fees, setup, and ongoing maintenance.
Subscription costs for accounting software may include fees for customization, integration, and ongoing support services.
Free & open source costs for accounting software may include fees for customization, integrations, and IT consulting.
What are the best accounting software packages?
Do these accounting systems fit your budget? If so, you can review functionality and screenshots for more than 260 accounting systems on our product page.
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