Accountant Statistics and Facts in the US

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.
  • 57.0% of all accountants are women, while only 37.1% are men.
  • The average age of an employed accountant is 44 years old.
  • The most common ethnicity of accountants is White (64.5%), followed by Asian (15.7%) and Hispanic or Latino (9.6%).
  • The majority of accountants are located in NY, New York and TX, Houston.
  • Accountants are most in-demand in Chicago, IL.
  • Accountants are paid an average annual salary of $52,548.
  • New York, NY pays an annual average wage of $62,126, the highest in the US.
  • Accountants average starting salary is $41,000.
  • In 2021, women earned 96% of what men earned.
  • The top 10% of highest-paid accountants earn as much as $66,000 or more.
  • New York is the best state for accountants to live.
  • Accountants are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies.

Accountant Statistics By Gender

Among accountants, 57.0% of them are women compared to 37.1% which are men.

Job Title
  • Female, 57.0%
  • Male, 37.1%
  • Unknown, 5.9%
Job Title
GenderascdescPercentagesascdesc
Female
57.0%
Male
37.1%
Unknown
5.9%

Gender Pay Gap For Accountant

Women Earn 96¢ For Every $1 Earned By Man

male-income
Male Income
$55,674
female-income
Female Income
$53,539

Accountant Gender Over Time

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

Male
Female
44%
42%
39%
37%
34%
32%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018
YearascdescMaleascdescFemaleascdesc
2008
38.66%
61.34%
2009
38.92%
61.08%
2010
38.84%
61.16%
2011
38.96%
61.04%
2012
39.19%
60.81%
2013
39.11%
60.89%
2014
38.13%
61.87%
2015
37.27%
62.73%
2016
37.78%
62.22%
2017
38.12%
61.88%
2018
38.29%
61.71%

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 audit partner have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Escrow Officer16%80%
Customs Verifier18%71%
Loan Processing Supervisor22%74%
Accountant37%57%
Chartered Finance Analyst73%11%
Audit Partner75%16%
Renewable Energy System Finance Specialist84%13%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Renewable Energy System Finance Specialist
Audit Partner
Chartered Finance Analyst
Accountant
Loan Processing Supervisor
Customs Verifier
Escrow Officer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Accountant Statistics By Race

The most common ethnicity among accountants is White, which makes up 64.5% of all accountants. Comparatively, there are 15.7% of the Asian ethnicity and 9.6% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

Job Title
  • White, 64.5%
  • Asian, 15.7%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 9.6%
  • Black or African American, 7.9%
  • Unknown, 1.8%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%
Job Title
Accountant RaceascdescPercentagesascdesc
White
64.5%
Asian
15.7%
Hispanic or Latino
9.6%
Black or African American
7.9%
Unknown
1.8%
American Indian and Alaska Native
0.5%

Accountant Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among accountants.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American
YearascdescWhiteascdescBlack or African AmericanascdescAsianascdescHispanic or Latinoascdesc
2010
66.66%
8.33%
15.30%
7.96%
2011
66.89%
8.41%
14.99%
7.96%
2012
66.52%
8.10%
15.19%
8.39%
2013
65.80%
8.26%
15.76%
8.36%
2014
65.86%
8.20%
15.52%
8.36%
2015
65.09%
8.57%
15.37%
8.88%
2016
65.32%
8.29%
15.51%
8.87%
2017
64.89%
7.98%
15.95%
9.06%
2018
64.52%
7.92%
15.73%
9.62%

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 $53,855.
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
$53,000
Unknown
White
Black or African American
Asian
Hispanic or Latino
Ethnicityascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Unknown$54,481
White$55,119
Black or African American$53,857
Asian$55,721
Hispanic or Latino$53,855

Average Age of an Accountant

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

Male
Female
RaceascdescMale AgeascdescFemale Ageascdesc
Black or African American
45
46
Unknown
36
41
Asian
38
44
Hispanic or Latino
38
41
White
41
47
American Indian and Alaska Native
40
40.5

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 61% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years


Accountant YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
20-30 years
14%
30-40 years
25%
40+ years
61%

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%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors, 71%
  • Associate, 12%
  • Masters, 12%
  • High School Diploma, 2%
  • Other Degrees, 3%
Job Title
Accountant DegreeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Bachelors
71%
Associate
12%
Masters
12%
High School Diploma
2%
Other Degrees
3%

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Accountant Wage Gap By Education

$58,000
$57,000
$56,000
$55,000
$54,000
$53,000
Master's Degree
Bachelor's Degree
Educationascdesc
Salaryascdesc
Master's Degree$57,180
Bachelor's Degree$53,539

Accountant Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ accountants. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most accountants is the finance industry.

Company Size

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

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

Company SizeascdescPercentagesascdesc
< 50 employees
5%
50 - 100 employees
3%
100 - 500 employees
5%
500 - 1,000 employees
8%
1,000 - 10,000 employees
24%
> 10,000 employees
54%

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.

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Education

Public

Private

Government

Company TypeascdescPercentagesascdesc
Education
6%
Public
51%
Private
39%
Government
5%

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 finance, manufacturing and professional.

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Fortune 500

Finance

Manufacturing

Professional

Retail

IndustryascdescPercentagesascdesc
Fortune 500
26%
Finance
10%
Manufacturing
8%
Professional
8%
Retail
7%
Technology
7%
Hospitality
4%
Insurance
4%
Health Care
3%
Energy
3%
Education
3%
Transportation
2%
Construction
2%
Telecommunication
2%
Non Profits
2%
Real Estate
2%
Media
1%
Internet
1%
Government
1%
Automotive
1%
Utilities
1%

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
YearascdescAccountant Unemployment Rateascdesc
2010
5.20%
2011
4.43%
2012
3.54%
2013
3.25%
2014
2.58%
2015
2.18%
2016
2.31%
2017
2.00%
2018
1.59%

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%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years


Number or YearsascdescPercentagesascdesc
Less than 1 year
18%
1-2 years
37%
3-4 years
16%
5-7 years
15%
8-10 years
6%
11+ years
9%

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%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 35.5%
  • Chinese, 11.0%
  • Mandarin, 10.9%
  • French, 8.2%
  • Russian, 5.3%
  • Other, 29.1%
Job Title
Foreign LanguageascdescPercentagesascdesc
Spanish
35.5%
Chinese
11.0%
Mandarin
10.9%
French
8.2%
Russian
5.3%
Other
29.1%

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The amount you can make as an accountant can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of accountants is $91,194. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Accountants Earn The Most?

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 Located?

By looking through more than 107,439 resumes, we found that the most popular places for accountants are NY, New York and TX, Houston.

Number of Accountants

Where Are Accountants In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country accountants are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings