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 you’re 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 2016:
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 $82,620 and the average salary in Illinois is $76,950, 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: 118,320
Average Annual Salary: $80,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,960
Average Experienced Salary: $127,740
Location Quotient: 1.13
Total Jobs: 40,220
Average Annual Salary: $83,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,620
Average Experienced Salary: $127,030
Location Quotient: 1.2
Total Jobs: 5,890
Average Annual Salary: $77,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,450
Average Experienced Salary: $117,910
Location Quotient: 1.5
Total Jobs: 36,360
Average Annual Salary: $76,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,860
Average Experienced Salary: $120,570
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 51,350
Average Annual Salary: $76,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,660
Average Experienced Salary: $120,660
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 30,510
Average Annual Salary: $74,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,570
Average Experienced Salary: $114,300
Location Quotient: 0.82
Total Jobs: 31,080
Average Annual Salary: $74,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,550
Average Experienced Salary: $113,690
Location Quotient: 0.83
Total Jobs: 34,150
Average Annual Salary: $77,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,140
Average Experienced Salary: $120,670
Location Quotient: 1.53
Total Jobs: 42,890
Average Annual Salary: $70,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,420
Average Experienced Salary: $106,640
Location Quotient: 0.9
Total Jobs: 36,640
Average Annual Salary: $88,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,050
Average Experienced Salary: $132,710
Location Quotient: 1.04
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.
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