The 10 Best States For Accountants In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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Accountants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as accountants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since accountants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where accountants have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for accountants.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s accountants:

  1. Virginia
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Delaware
  5. Michigan
  6. Georgia
  7. Colorado
  8. North Carolina
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Ohio

So there you have it — Accountants And Auditors is the best of the best when it comes to being an accountant.

How did Accountants And Auditors end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for accountants and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia
  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia Beach
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Virginia

How we determined the best states to be an accountant

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for accountants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well accountants get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for accountants in California is $84,430 and the average salary in Illinois is $81,060, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for accountants in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for accountants.

1. Virginia

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 41,230
Average Annual Salary: $85,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,370
Average Experienced Salary: $130,400
Location Quotient: 1.24

2. Texas

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 115,270
Average Annual Salary: $80,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,290
Average Experienced Salary: $122,810
Location Quotient: 1.09

3. Illinois

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 53,280
Average Annual Salary: $81,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,120
Average Experienced Salary: $125,340
Location Quotient: 1.02

4. Delaware

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,600
Average Annual Salary: $78,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,210
Average Experienced Salary: $115,630
Location Quotient: 1.43

5. Michigan

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 33,610
Average Annual Salary: $74,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,890
Average Experienced Salary: $111,240
Location Quotient: 0.89

6. Georgia

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 37,200
Average Annual Salary: $75,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,580
Average Experienced Salary: $120,560
Location Quotient: 0.97

7. Colorado

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 36,290
Average Annual Salary: $82,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,870
Average Experienced Salary: $127,720
Location Quotient: 1.59

8. North Carolina

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 33,020
Average Annual Salary: $76,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,110
Average Experienced Salary: $117,850
Location Quotient: 0.87

9. Oklahoma

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,650
Average Annual Salary: $73,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,550
Average Experienced Salary: $111,050
Location Quotient: 0.98

10. Ohio

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 45,670
Average Annual Salary: $72,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,820
Average Experienced Salary: $110,970
Location Quotient: 0.97

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Accountant

If you’re looking to start out your career as an accountant these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be an accountant in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Oregon
  3. Alaska

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For accountants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Virginia $85,640 $50,370 41,230
2 Texas $80,200 $45,290 115,270
3 Illinois $81,060 $45,120 53,280
4 Delaware $78,120 $51,210 5,600
5 Michigan $74,370 $42,890 33,610
6 Georgia $75,930 $40,580 37,200
7 Colorado $82,320 $43,870 36,290
8 North Carolina $76,880 $46,110 33,020
9 Oklahoma $73,040 $39,550 13,650
10 Ohio $72,370 $41,820 45,670
11 New Jersey $90,400 $53,740 37,370
12 Washington $78,970 $45,020 32,870
13 Missouri $70,240 $38,480 25,090
14 Alabama $70,310 $41,100 15,720
15 Tennessee $69,690 $40,180 19,760
16 Indiana $70,780 $40,220 20,100
17 Pennsylvania $75,250 $43,920 51,720
18 New York $96,300 $50,410 110,780
19 Arkansas $67,700 $39,460 7,270
20 Kansas $66,530 $38,120 12,320
21 Nebraska $67,920 $39,260 8,170
22 Minnesota $72,480 $45,600 22,960
23 Utah $70,980 $39,690 9,580
24 Rhode Island $81,090 $53,830 4,420
25 Wyoming $66,180 $42,510 1,810
26 Iowa $67,030 $41,060 9,600
27 Wisconsin $68,410 $43,650 22,610
28 Kentucky $67,080 $36,970 11,160
29 Florida $71,790 $38,220 71,940
30 South Dakota $65,800 $45,610 4,480
31 Connecticut $84,890 $52,150 14,550
32 New Mexico $66,370 $39,650 6,050
33 Mississippi $62,850 $35,130 5,460
34 Maryland $82,610 $45,640 25,020
35 West Virginia $68,160 $39,830 3,840
36 Louisiana $66,860 $41,030 10,390
37 Arizona $69,190 $39,260 20,030
38 Montana $66,410 $41,130 3,260
39 Vermont $75,360 $47,460 2,790
40 Massachusetts $81,460 $50,820 35,360
41 Idaho $66,110 $35,510 3,900
42 Maine $70,810 $42,880 4,640
43 North Dakota $61,870 $33,780 3,480
44 South Carolina $64,750 $35,960 14,890
45 California $84,430 $47,190 148,600
46 New Hampshire $72,690 $46,560 5,300
47 Nevada $66,600 $41,550 8,430
48 Alaska $82,920 $52,560 2,090
49 Oregon $71,450 $44,290 11,890
50 Hawaii $65,580 $42,380 4,810
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