We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Account Auditors to open up shop.
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 — 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.
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 2015:
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.
Total Jobs: 39,670
Average Annual Salary: $80,580
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,020
Average Experienced Salary: $122,570
Location Quotient: 1.21
Total Jobs: 117,130
Average Annual Salary: $78,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,250
Average Experienced Salary: $126,750
Location Quotient: 1.14
Total Jobs: 5,580
Average Annual Salary: $78,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,680
Average Experienced Salary: $119,310
Location Quotient: 1.44
Total Jobs: 37,590
Average Annual Salary: $76,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,760
Average Experienced Salary: $120,680
Location Quotient: 1.03
Total Jobs: 30,390
Average Annual Salary: $73,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,880
Average Experienced Salary: $112,360
Location Quotient: 0.83
Total Jobs: 9,100
Average Annual Salary: $66,630
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,880
Average Experienced Salary: $102,430
Location Quotient: 1.07
Total Jobs: 27,570
Average Annual Salary: $71,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,140
Average Experienced Salary: $111,230
Location Quotient: 0.75
Total Jobs: 22,680
Average Annual Salary: $71,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,760
Average Experienced Salary: $108,480
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 33,830
Average Annual Salary: $74,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,970
Average Experienced Salary: $117,150
Location Quotient: 1.55
Total Jobs: 10,540
Average Annual Salary: $70,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,470
Average Experienced Salary: $106,790
Location Quotient: 0.89
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:
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