Accounting Software Pricing Guide 2020

By: on February 19, 2020

How much does accounting software cost?


Accounting software can start as low as $9 and run as high as $999 per user, per month while one-time license fees start around $96. For advanced accounting systems with more users, you can expect to pay closer to $375 per user, per month or $1,000+ for a license. Some providers offer free versions with limited functionality.

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 to set 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.

Accounting software price comparison

PRODUCT PRICING MODEL STARTER
(1 – 4 USERS)
MID-RANGE
(5 – 9 USERS)
PREMIUM
(10+ USERS)
AccountEdge Perpetual license fee $499 – $1,996 $2,495 – $4,491 $4,991
FloQast Subscription/mo $999 $1,199 – $1,646 $1,795+
Freeagent Subscription/mo $24 $24 $24
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise Perpetual license fee $96 – $231 $298 – $414 $472+
QuickBooks Desktop Enterprise with Hosting Subscription/mo $374 – $616 $676+
QuickBooks Online Subscription/mo $25 – $70 $70 – $150 $150+
Sage 50 Accounting Subscription/mo $51 – $185 $185 – $342 $342+
SlickPie Subscription/mo* $40 $40 $40
Sunrise Subscription/mo* $99 $299 $499
Xero Subscription/mo $9 $30 $60
ZipBooks Subscription/mo* $15 $15 – $35 $35+


*This vendor offers a free version of the system.

The pricing information included in this table was collected from the vendors’ websites in January 2020. 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 license 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 perpetual price ranges

accounting software subscription price ranges

Accounting software pricing models and unexpected costs

accounting software perpetual license costs

Perpetual license costs for accounting software may include customization fees, setup, and ongoing maintenance

accounting software subscription costs

Subscription costs for accounting software may include fees for customization, integration, and ongoing support services

accounting software free and open source costs

Free and open-source costs for accounting software may include fees for customization, integrations, and IT consulting

Are you looking for a free or open source accounting system? We’ve listed the top five with screenshots and features in our recent report: 5 Popular Free and Open Source Accounting Software

What are the best accounting software packages?

Do these accounting systems fit your budget and your needs? If so, you can review functionality and screenshots for more than 260 accounting systems on our product page.

If you’d like a helping hand to find the best accounting system for your needs, we have a few options:

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