These Are The 10 Best States For Accountants

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Account Auditors to open up shop.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarBest States For Professions, Rankings - 1 year ago




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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. Delaware
  4. Georgia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Nebraska
  7. Michigan
  8. Missouri
  9. Colorado
  10. Utah

So there you have it — Virginia is the best of the best when it comes to being a accountants.

How did it 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.

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How we determined the best states to be a 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
  • 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 2015:

  • 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 $80,860 and the average salary in Illinois is $72,550, 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: 39,670
Average Annual Salary: $80,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,020
Average Experienced Salary: $122,570
Location Quotient: 1.21

2. Texas

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 117,130
Average Annual Salary: $78,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,250
Average Experienced Salary: $126,750
Location Quotient: 1.14

3. Delaware

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,580
Average Annual Salary: $78,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,680
Average Experienced Salary: $119,310
Location Quotient: 1.44

4. Georgia

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 37,590
Average Annual Salary: $76,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,760
Average Experienced Salary: $120,680
Location Quotient: 1.03

5. North Carolina

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 30,390
Average Annual Salary: $73,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,880
Average Experienced Salary: $112,360
Location Quotient: 0.83

6. Nebraska

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,100
Average Annual Salary: $66,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,880
Average Experienced Salary: $102,430
Location Quotient: 1.07

7. Michigan

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,570
Average Annual Salary: $71,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,140
Average Experienced Salary: $111,230
Location Quotient: 0.75

8. Missouri

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 22,680
Average Annual Salary: $71,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,760
Average Experienced Salary: $108,480
Location Quotient: 0.94

9. Colorado

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 33,830
Average Annual Salary: $74,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,970
Average Experienced Salary: $117,150
Location Quotient: 1.55

10. Utah

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,540
Average Annual Salary: $70,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,470
Average Experienced Salary: $106,790
Location Quotient: 0.89

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a 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 a accountant in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Oregon
  3. Maine

Detailed List Of The Best States For Accountants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Virginia $80,580 $47,020 39,670
2 Texas $78,490 $41,250 117,130
3 Delaware $78,560 $45,680 5,580
4 Georgia $76,850 $41,760 37,590
5 North Carolina $73,060 $42,880 30,390
6 Nebraska $66,630 $38,880 9,100
7 Michigan $71,420 $39,140 27,570
8 Missouri $71,480 $36,760 22,680
9 Colorado $74,700 $40,970 33,830
10 Utah $70,140 $39,470 10,540
11 Ohio $69,760 $40,740 40,780
12 New Jersey $86,770 $51,890 37,430
13 Alabama $67,040 $40,110 14,840
14 Illinois $72,550 $37,190 48,910
15 Idaho $71,300 $41,280 3,890
16 Pennsylvania $72,000 $41,220 55,110
17 New York $91,630 $46,810 101,920
18 Oklahoma $64,260 $35,390 15,000
19 Minnesota $69,840 $42,630 26,550
20 Washington $73,890 $43,870 26,030
21 Wyoming $66,650 $41,800 1,830
22 Kansas $63,240 $36,620 11,560
23 Indiana $65,210 $37,240 20,380
24 Tennessee $66,270 $37,550 16,820
25 Florida $68,750 $38,940 75,280
26 Wisconsin $67,420 $41,230 20,180
27 Arkansas $62,430 $35,550 5,680
28 Rhode Island $79,110 $48,440 4,450
29 Maryland $80,580 $44,250 27,330
30 South Dakota $61,990 $42,210 4,360
31 New Mexico $64,340 $38,200 6,360
32 Iowa $62,910 $37,720 9,620
33 Arizona $66,540 $37,850 20,040
34 Massachusetts $82,540 $50,080 35,020
35 Kentucky $63,200 $34,230 11,670
36 Louisiana $63,100 $39,930 11,600
37 Connecticut $78,450 $46,850 15,460
38 West Virginia $62,600 $35,530 4,020
39 Vermont $71,790 $42,500 2,890
40 Alaska $80,980 $51,370 2,350
41 California $80,860 $44,800 144,540
42 Mississippi $55,610 $30,140 5,420
43 Montana $62,820 $35,010 3,050
44 South Carolina $60,900 $34,060 14,470
45 New Hampshire $70,320 $43,360 4,480
46 North Dakota $56,000 $32,540 3,890
47 Nevada $64,010 $34,220 7,810
48 Maine $60,200 $39,520 4,280
49 Oregon $65,110 $40,750 11,760
50 Hawaii $59,630 $36,270 4,920

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