Research Summary. Using a database of 30 million profiles, Zippia estimates demographics and statistics for accountants in the United States. Our estimates are verified against BLS, Census, and current job openings data for accuracy. After extensive research and analysis, Zippia's data science team found that:

  • There are over 1,076,179 accountants currently employed in the United States.
  • 61.8% of all accountants are women, while 38.2% are men.
  • The average age of an employed accountant is 43 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of accountants is White (64.6%), followed by Asian (13.9%), Hispanic or Latino (10.7%) and Black or African American (8.9%).
  • Accountants are most in-demand in New York, NY.
  • The technology industry is the highest-paying for accountants.
  • 8% of all accountants are LGBT.

Accountant Statistics By Gender

61.8% of accountants are women and 38.2% of accountants are men.

  • Female, 61.8%
  • Male, 38.2%

Accountants By Gender

GenderPercentages
Female61.8%
Male38.2%

Gender Pay Gap For Accountant

Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men

male-income
Male Income
$54,566
female-income
Female Income
$51,860

Accountant Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the accountant position over time.

Male
Female
100%
80%
60%
40%
20%
0%
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
2019

Accountant Gender By Year

YearMaleFemale
201038.80%61.20%
201139.02%60.98%
201239.03%60.97%
201338.75%61.25%
201438.18%61.82%
201536.76%63.24%
201637.67%62.33%
201738.10%61.90%
201838.75%61.25%
201939.41%60.59%

Accountant Male to Female Ratio

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, renewable energy system finance specialist and chartered finance analyst have the biggest difference in gender.

Job TitleMaleFemale
Escrow Officer15%85%
Customs Verifier20%80%
Credit Assistant20%80%
Accountant38%62%
Head Analyst86%14%
Chartered Finance Analyst90%10%
Renewable Energy System Finance Specialist92%8%

Accountant Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among accountants is White, which makes up 64.6% of all accountants. Comparatively, there are 13.9% of the Asian ethnicity and 10.7% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

  • White, 64.6%
  • Asian, 13.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 10.7%
  • Black or African American, 8.9%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.3%

Accountant Race

Accountant RacePercentages
White64.6%
Asian13.9%
Hispanic or Latino10.7%
Black or African American8.9%
Unknown1.6%
American Indian and Alaska Native0.3%

Accountant Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2010-2019 among accountants.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Accountant Race By Year

YearWhiteBlack or African AmericanAsianHispanic or Latino
201067.35%9.46%12.24%9.13%
201167.58%9.54%11.93%9.13%
201267.21%9.24%12.13%9.56%
201366.50%9.40%12.70%9.53%
201466.55%9.33%12.46%9.53%
201565.79%9.70%12.31%10.05%
201666.01%9.42%12.45%10.04%
201765.58%9.11%12.89%10.23%
201865.21%9.05%12.67%10.79%
201964.63%8.89%13.85%10.68%

Accountant Wage Gap By Race

Asian accountants have the highest average salary compared to other ethnicities. Hispanic or latino accountants have the lowest average salary at $52,172.
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
$53,000
$52,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
EthnicitySalary
Unknown$53,200
White$53,467
Black or African American$52,546
Asian$54,680
Hispanic or Latino$52,172

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Average Age of an Accountant

We determined the average age of accountants based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Accountant Age By Race

RaceMale AgeFemale Age
Black or African American42.546
Unknown3740
Asian3744
Hispanic or Latino3740
White4047
American Indian and Alaska Native31.546.5

Accountant Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of accountant employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of accountants is 40+ years old, which represents 60% of the population.

40+ years

30-40 years

20-30 years


Accountant Age

Accountant YearsPercentages
40+ years60%
30-40 years27%
20-30 years13%

Types of Accountant Degree Levels

The most common degree for accountants is bachelor's degree 71% of accountants earn that degree. A close second is associate degree with 12% and rounding it off is master's degree with 12%.

  • Bachelors, 71%
  • Associate, 12%
  • Masters, 12%
  • High School Diploma, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Accountants By Education

Accountant DegreePercentages
Bachelors71%
Associate12%
Masters12%
High School Diploma2%
Other Degrees3%

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Accountant Wage Gap By Education

Accountants with a Doctorate degree earn more than those without, at $58,571 annually. With a Masters degree, accountants earn a median annual income of $55,613 compared to $51,860 for accountants with an Bachelors degree.
$60,000
$58,000
$56,000
$54,000
$52,000
$50,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Doctorate Degree
EducationSalary
Master's Degree$55,613
Bachelor's Degree$51,860
Doctorate Degree$58,571

Accountant Employment Statistics

This section highlights information about where accountants work. We found most accountants work for a public company. In addition, the industry that employs the most accountants is the professional industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire accountants.

< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Accountant Jobs By Employer Size

Company SizePercentages
< 50 employees1%
50 - 100 employees2%
100 - 500 employees6%
500 - 1,000 employees6%
1,000 - 10,000 employees28%
> 10,000 employees56%

The Types Of Companies Accountant Work In

Employees with the accountant job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most accountants prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

Education

Public

Private

Government

Accountant Jobs By Sector

Company TypePercentages
Education8%
Public56%
Private32%
Government4%

Top Industries Hiring Accountants

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ accountants. Those industries include professional, finance and technology.

Fortune 500

Finance

Professional

Technology

Manufacturing

Accountant Turnover And Employment Statistics

Accountant Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of accountants changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Accountant Unemployment Rate By Year

YearAccountant Unemployment Rate
20105.20%
20114.43%
20123.54%
20133.25%
20142.58%
20152.18%
20162.31%
20172.00%
20181.59%
20191.89%

The Average Number of Years That Accountant Stay in a Job

By looking over 107,439 accountants resumes, we figured out that the average accountant enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 37%.

Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Accountant Tenure

Number or YearsPercentages
Less than 1 year18%
1-2 years37%
3-4 years16%
5-7 years15%
8-10 years6%
11+ years9%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Accountants with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to accountants.

Job TitleLGBTJob Openings
Mortgage Analyst3.93%22,208
Finance Internship6.07%115,143
Financial Analyst Internship6.29%104,448
Land Appraiser7.09%2,136
Senior Budget Analyst7.66%43,424
Accountant8.40%
Master Tax Advisor11.07%73,416

Accountant LGBT Demographics

ProfessionPercentages of LGBT Job Openings
Mortgage Analyst3.93%22,208
Finance Internship6.07%115,143
Financial Analyst Internship6.29%104,448
Land Appraiser7.09%2,136
Senior Budget Analyst7.66%43,424
Master Tax Advisor11.07%73,416

Foreign Languages Spoken By Accountants

The most common foreign language among accountants is Spanish at 35.5%. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 11.0% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 10.9%.

  • Spanish, 35.5%
  • Chinese, 11.0%
  • Mandarin, 10.9%
  • French, 8.2%
  • Russian, 5.3%
  • Other, 29.1%

Accountant Languages Spoken

Foreign LanguagePercentages
Spanish35.5%
Chinese11.0%
Mandarin10.9%
French8.2%
Russian5.3%
Other29.1%

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Accountant Heatmaps

The amount you can make as an accountant can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of accountants is $88,377. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Accountants Earn The Most?

Accountants earn the most in New York, where the average accountant salary is $68,366. The map here shows where accountants earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Accountants In High Demand?

Accountants are in high demand in New York, NY. There are currently 121 job openings for accountants here. We looked over job openings to determine where in the country accountants are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Accountant Demographics FAQs

What Percentage Of Accountants Are Female?

60.6% of accountants are female in the United States. This is -0.7 percentage points lower than last year. Additionally, the percentage of female accountants has decreased by -0.6 percentage points since 2010. That means there are a total of 652,164 female accountants in the U.S. and 424,015 male accountants in the United States. Note that Zippia's estimate accounts only for the 1,076,179 people with the specific job title of accountant and doesn't include grouping similar job titles, or people with potentially similar credentialing.

How Many Accountant Are There In The Us?

There are over 1,099,751 Accountants in the United States.

What Percentage Of Accountants Are Black?

8.9% of Accountants are Black or African American

What Race Are Most Accountants?

Most an are White, with 64.6% of Accountants belonging to this ethnicity. 13.9% of Accountants are Asian, 10.7% of Accountants are Hispanic or Latino, 8.9% of Accountants are Black or African American, 1.6% of Accountants are Unknown, and 0.3% of Accountants are American Indian and Alaska Native

Are Accountant Jobs Male - Dominated?

No, Accountant jobs are not male - dominated. 61% of Accountants are female, and 38% are male, so there are more female Accountants than male Accountants in the United States.

How Old Is The Average Accountant?

The average Accountant is 44 years old. 60% of Accountants are 40+ years old or older, 27% are between the ages of 30-40 years, and 13% are between 20-30 years old

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