These Are The 10 Best States For Accountants

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

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:

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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 2016:

  • 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 $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.

1. Texas

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 118,320
Average Annual Salary: $80,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,960
Average Experienced Salary: $127,740
Location Quotient: 1.13

2. Virginia

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40,220
Average Annual Salary: $83,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $48,620
Average Experienced Salary: $127,030
Location Quotient: 1.2

3. Delaware

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,890
Average Annual Salary: $77,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,450
Average Experienced Salary: $117,910
Location Quotient: 1.5

4. Georgia

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 36,360
Average Annual Salary: $76,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,860
Average Experienced Salary: $120,570
Location Quotient: 0.97

5. Illinois

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 51,350
Average Annual Salary: $76,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,660
Average Experienced Salary: $120,660
Location Quotient: 0.98

6. Michigan

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 30,510
Average Annual Salary: $74,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,570
Average Experienced Salary: $114,300
Location Quotient: 0.82

7. North Carolina

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 31,080
Average Annual Salary: $74,200
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,550
Average Experienced Salary: $113,690
Location Quotient: 0.83

8. Colorado

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 34,150
Average Annual Salary: $77,400
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,140
Average Experienced Salary: $120,670
Location Quotient: 1.53

9. Ohio

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 42,890
Average Annual Salary: $70,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,420
Average Experienced Salary: $106,640
Location Quotient: 0.9

10. New Jersey

Best States For Accountants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 36,640
Average Annual Salary: $88,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,050
Average Experienced Salary: $132,710
Location Quotient: 1.04

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. Maine

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For accountants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Texas $80,490 $42,960 118,320
2 Virginia $83,380 $48,620 40,220
3 Delaware $77,860 $47,450 5,890
4 Georgia $76,560 $41,860 36,360
5 Illinois $76,950 $40,660 51,350
6 Michigan $74,360 $41,570 30,510
7 North Carolina $74,200 $44,550 31,080
8 Colorado $77,400 $42,140 34,150
9 Ohio $70,860 $41,420 42,890
10 New Jersey $88,940 $53,050 36,640
11 Missouri $70,530 $37,580 24,130
12 Oklahoma $67,260 $37,260 14,150
13 Alabama $67,750 $40,120 15,360
14 Nebraska $66,730 $38,700 8,700
15 Utah $70,220 $39,810 10,600
16 Pennsylvania $73,500 $42,530 52,590
17 Minnesota $70,920 $43,410 27,130
18 New York $93,280 $46,910 108,800
19 Idaho $71,960 $38,190 3,970
20 Arkansas $65,740 $37,050 5,980
21 Wyoming $66,690 $42,400 1,840
22 Tennessee $66,330 $37,890 16,430
23 Indiana $65,880 $37,800 20,010
24 Kansas $64,010 $37,150 12,010
25 Washington $72,020 $43,060 27,370
26 Florida $69,090 $37,600 75,640
27 Wisconsin $66,070 $41,400 21,300
28 Iowa $65,470 $37,850 9,630
29 South Dakota $64,040 $43,850 4,540
30 New Mexico $65,220 $38,500 6,580
31 Rhode Island $77,410 $49,220 4,550
32 Maryland $82,370 $46,500 26,510
33 Arizona $66,780 $38,090 20,200
34 Connecticut $80,470 $48,260 15,480
35 Kentucky $63,790 $34,690 10,610
36 Louisiana $64,410 $39,800 11,010
37 Massachusetts $82,420 $49,420 35,730
38 West Virginia $63,380 $36,110 3,840
39 Vermont $73,190 $43,180 3,050
40 California $82,620 $45,670 147,320
41 Alaska $82,180 $51,750 2,350
42 Montana $64,900 $37,400 3,140
43 New Hampshire $71,600 $45,000 4,780
44 North Dakota $58,340 $36,060 3,870
45 South Carolina $61,340 $33,940 14,470
46 Nevada $64,000 $39,040 7,610
47 Mississippi $56,380 $30,510 5,480
48 Maine $64,190 $41,670 4,390
49 Oregon $67,010 $42,200 12,050
50 Hawaii $61,760 $38,290 4,840
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