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Accountant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$51,000
$40,000
$51,000
$64,000
Accountants in the United States make an average salary of $51,404 per year or $24.71 per hour. People on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $40,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $64,000. If you like following the crowd, professional and government companies tend to attract the most workers in this field. But if you're in it for the money, then you'll want to seek out finance, technology, and health care companies, as employees in each industry have reported the highest salaries. As most things go, location can be critical. New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts provide the highest accountant salaries.
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Map of Accountant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Accountants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Accountant Salary By Location

If both location and money are important to you, then you might want to check out moving to New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island, as these three states offer the highest salaries throughout the U.S. for accountants. Quite opposite of that list is the lowest paying states, which are Arkansas, New Mexico, and South Carolina.

City
Average Salary
Fort Lee, NJ
Fort Lee, NJ
$59,760
$60k

High Paying Accountant Jobs

Average Accountant Salary By Company

To earn a high income as an accountant, working for Microsoft or Apple might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Qualcomm and Google report highly competitive salaries for accountants.

Company
Average Salary
$117,942
$118k
$111,310
$111k
$111,020
$111k
$110,100
$110k
$103,935
$104k
$101,713
$102k

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Accountant Salary History

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    Average Accountant Pay By Industry

    Accountant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with finance, technology, and health care companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, an accountant can make a yearly salary of $55,988 while working for finance companies. All the while, other accountants are making $55,851 at technology companies and $51,678 at health care companies. One industry accountants may want to avoid is the hospitality industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $47,092.

    Industry
    Average Salary
    Finance
    Finance
    $55,988
    $56k
    Technology
    Technology
    $55,851
    $56k
    Health Care
    Health Care
    $51,678
    $52k
    Professional
    Professional
    $51,424
    $51k
    Manufacturing
    Manufacturing
    $49,823
    $50k
    Retail
    Retail
    $49,724
    $50k
    Hospitality
    Hospitality
    $47,092
    $47k

    Accountant Salary By Experience Level

    The salary for an accountant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

    Recently Added Accountant Salaries

    CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
    City of Greensburg
    City of Greensburg
    Accountant I
    Accountant I
    Accountant I
    Greensburg, PA
    Greensburg, PA
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $47,320
    $47,320
    10/31/2020
    City of Wyoming
    City of Wyoming
    Accountant-Finance Department
    Accountant-Finance Department
    Accountant-Finance Department
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Grand Rapids, MI
    10/31/2020
    10/31/2020
    $63,000
    $63,000
    10/31/2020
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Florida Department of Transportation
    Accountant II
    Accountant II
    Accountant II
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $26,541
    $26,541
    10/30/2020
    Award Setup Accountant
    Award Setup Accountant
    Boulder, CO
    Boulder, CO
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $52,000
    $52,000
    10/30/2020
    Professional Accountant
    Professional Accountant
    Tallahassee, FL
    Tallahassee, FL
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $32,697
    $32,697
    10/30/2020
    Post Award Accountant
    Post Award Accountant
    Provo, UT
    Provo, UT
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $62,000
    $62,000
    10/30/2020
    Clinical Trials Accountant
    Clinical Trials Accountant
    Omaha, NE
    Omaha, NE
    10/30/2020
    10/30/2020
    $46,100
    $46,100
    10/30/2020
    PNM Resources
    PNM Resources
    Accountant II (Payroll)
    Accountant II (Payroll)
    Accountant II (Payroll)
    Albuquerque, NM
    Albuquerque, NM
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $52,844
    $52,844
    10/29/2020
    Accountant (Durational AR
    Accountant (Durational AR
    Noank, CT
    Noank, CT
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $70,930
    $70,930
    10/29/2020
    Robert Half
    Robert Half
    Financial Accountant
    Financial Accountant
    Financial Accountant
    Denver, CO
    Denver, CO
    10/29/2020
    10/29/2020
    $70,000
    $70,000
    10/29/2020