Find a Job You Really Want In
To get started, tell us where you'd like to work.
Sorry, we can't find that. Please try a different city or state.
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:
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 youĂÂre interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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:
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:
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.
Total Jobs: 41,230
Average Annual Salary: $85,640
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,370
Average Experienced Salary: $130,400
Location Quotient: 1.24
Total Jobs: 115,270
Average Annual Salary: $80,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,290
Average Experienced Salary: $122,810
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 53,280
Average Annual Salary: $81,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,120
Average Experienced Salary: $125,340
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 5,600
Average Annual Salary: $78,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $51,210
Average Experienced Salary: $115,630
Location Quotient: 1.43
Total Jobs: 33,610
Average Annual Salary: $74,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,890
Average Experienced Salary: $111,240
Location Quotient: 0.89
Total Jobs: 37,200
Average Annual Salary: $75,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,580
Average Experienced Salary: $120,560
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 36,290
Average Annual Salary: $82,320
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,870
Average Experienced Salary: $127,720
Location Quotient: 1.59
Total Jobs: 33,020
Average Annual Salary: $76,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,110
Average Experienced Salary: $117,850
Location Quotient: 0.87
Total Jobs: 13,650
Average Annual Salary: $73,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,550
Average Experienced Salary: $111,050
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 45,670
Average Annual Salary: $72,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,820
Average Experienced Salary: $110,970
Location Quotient: 0.97
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:
For more reading, check out:
Best Companies To Work For