Certified Public Accountant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
Updated May 18, 2020
$68,000
$48,000
$68,000
$95,000
Did you know that the average Certified Public Accountant makes $68,334 per year? That's valued at $32.85 per hour! The range surrounding that average can vary between $48,000 and $95,000, meaning Certified Public Accountants have the opportunity to earn more once they move past entry-level roles. Most Certified Public Accountants find a job with Technology and Professional companies, while others work for Finance, Retail, and Technology companies to make more money. Those aren't the only places you can earn a higher paycheck. New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are the top states in the U.S. to pay Certified Public Accountants the highest salaries.
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Map of Certified Public Accountant Salaries

The darker areas on the map show where Certified Public Accountants earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Average Certified Public Accountant Salary By Location

While a Certified Public Accountant can average a salary of $68,334 per year, or $32.85 per hour, there are many opportunities for Certified Public Accountants to make more. For example, in Washington, DC you might make $97,482 per year. Other high-paying locations include New York, NY, Springfield, MA and Arlington, VA. If you're in an entry-level position, your best bet is to move to Washington, DC where the average starting salary is $61,000. The highest paying states for Certified Public Accountants include New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Meanwhile, Florida, Kansas, and New Mexico offer the lowest salaries.

Average Certified Public Accountant Salary By Company

To earn a high income as a Certified Public Accountant, working for Microsoft or Aurora Medical Group might be your best bet, as they are the highest paying companies in this field. In addition, companies like Intuit and Thomson Reuters report highly competitive salaries for Certified Public Accountants.

The largest raises come from changing jobs.

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Average Certified Public Accountant Pay By Industry

Certified Public Accountant salaries can vary on many factors, including what industry a job is in. In fact, jobs with Finance, Retail, and Technology companies tend to be the highest paying. Furthermore, a Certified Public Accountant can make a yearly salary of $74,166 while working for Finance companies. All the while, other Certified Public Accountants are making $68,427 at Retail companies and $66,463 at Technology companies. One industry Certified Public Accountants may want to avoid is the Utilities industry as it offers the lowest average salary at $64,050.
Industry
Average Salary
Finance
Finance
$74,166
$74k
Retail
Retail
$68,427
$68k
Technology
Technology
$66,463
$66k
Professional
Professional
$66,373
$66k
Utilities
Utilities
$64,050
$64k

Certified Public Accountant Salary History

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Certified Public Accountant Salary By Experience Level

The salary for a Certified Public Accountant can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Recently Added Certified Public Accountant Salaries

CompanyJobLocationDate AddedSalary
Essential Personnel, Inc.
Essential Personnel, Inc.
CPA
CPA
CPA
06/26/2020
06/26/2020
$40,000
$40,000
06/26/2020
SR Accountant-Dog Friendly CPA Firm
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06/25/2020
06/25/2020
$80,000
$80,000
06/25/2020
CPA Manager
CPA Manager
06/19/2020
06/19/2020
$70,000
$70,000
06/19/2020
CPA
CPA
06/18/2020
06/18/2020
$52,175
$52,175
06/18/2020
Tax Advisor-Hnwi-CPA
Tax Advisor-Hnwi-CPA
06/15/2020
06/15/2020
$130,000
$130,000
06/15/2020
Cpa/Professional Accountant
Cpa/Professional Accountant
06/08/2020
06/08/2020
$45,914
$45,914
06/08/2020
Public Accountant/CPA
Public Accountant/CPA
06/05/2020
06/05/2020
$60,000
$60,000
06/05/2020
Controller, CPA
Controller, CPA
06/05/2020
06/05/2020
$90,000
$90,000
06/05/2020
CPA Needed for Audit
CPA Needed for Audit
05/27/2020
05/27/2020
$114,785
$114,785
05/27/2020
Essential Personnel, Inc.
Essential Personnel, Inc.
CPA
CPA
CPA
05/26/2020
05/26/2020
$40,000
$40,000
05/26/2020