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
Gender Pay Gap For Accountant
Women Earn 95¢ For Every $1 Earned By Men
Accountant Gender Over Time
This data shows how men and women predominate in the accountant position over time.
Accountant Gender By Year
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.
|Chartered Finance Analyst||90%||10%|
|Renewable Energy System Finance Specialist||92%||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%
|Hispanic or Latino||10.7%|
|Black or African American||8.9%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.3%|
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.
- Hispanic or Latino
- Black or African American
Accountant Race By Year
|Year||White||Black or African American||Asian||Hispanic or Latino|
Accountant Wage Gap By Race
|Black or African American||$52,546|
|Hispanic or Latino||$52,172|
Average Age of an Accountant
We determined the average age of accountants based on ethnicity and gender.
Accountant Age By Race
|Race||Male Age||Female Age|
|Black or African American||42.5||46|
|Hispanic or Latino||37||40|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||31.5||46.5|
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.
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
|High School Diploma||2%|
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Accountant Wage Gap By Education
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.
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
Accountant Jobs By Employer Size
|< 50 employees||1%|
|50 - 100 employees||2%|
|100 - 500 employees||6%|
|500 - 1,000 employees||6%|
|1,000 - 10,000 employees||28%|
|> 10,000 employees||56%|
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.
Accountant Jobs By Sector
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.
Accountant Industry Statistics
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
|Year||Accountant Unemployment Rate|
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
|Number or Years||Percentages|
|Less than 1 year||18%|
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 Title||LGBT||Job Openings|
|Financial Analyst Internship||6.29%||104,448|
|Senior Budget Analyst||7.66%||43,424|
|Master Tax Advisor||11.07%||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