Principal Accountant

Principal Accountant Salary

Average Yearly Salary
$65,000
$48,000
Min 10%
$65,000
Median 50%
$87,000
Max 90%
Best Paying Company
Google
Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
District of Columbia
Average Experience Level
4.3 years
How much does a principal accountant make?
As a Principal Accountant in the USA, you can expect to earn on average $65,645 per year or $31.56 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $48,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $87,000. Most Principal Accountant jobs are in Internet companies and Telecommunication companies. District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and California have the highest paying Principal Accountant jobs. The typical tenure for a Principal Accountant is 4.3 years.

Average Principal Accountant Salary By Location

Principal Accountants in the United States of America make on average $65,645 a year or $31.56 per hour. San Francisco, CA reports the highest Principal Accountant salaries at $93,202 per year. The average starting salary in San Francisco, CA for Principal Accountants is $61,000. The top 5 states with the highest reported Principal Accountant salaries are District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and California. North Dakota, New Mexico, Hawaii, Mississippi, and Vermont are at the bottom for competitive pay.
RankCityAverage Salary
1
San Francisco, CA
$93,202
2
Washington, DC
$91,945
3
New York, NY
$82,621
4
Sterling, VA
$80,602
5
Austin, TX
$76,392

Average Principal Accountant Salary By Company

There is good job security in Principal Accountant positions. Some industries offer better pay and benefit packages than others. Internet companies and Telecommunication companies are the best when it comes to the number of employment opportunities. Google and SAS Institute are the highest paying companies. In addition, companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb and The Bank of New York Mellon report highly competitive salaries for Principal Accountants.

Average Principal Accountant Pay By Industry

Wages for Principal Accountants can differ based on the industry they work in. Our data shows that Technology companies, Transportation companies, and Internet companies tend to have the highest salaries for Principal Accountants. Technology companies pay Principal Accountants an average salary of $69,677, Transportation companies pay $66,124, and Internet companys come in at $64,976. The average salary for Principal Accountants in the Energy industry is lower than the rest, coming in at $63,383.
RankIndustryAverage Salary
1
Technology
$69,677
2
Transportation
$66,124
3
Internet
$64,976
4
Manufacturing
$64,883
5
Health Care
$63,583

Recently Added Principal Accountant Salaries

Company
Job
Location
Date Added
Salary
Randstad
Principal Accountant
01/30/2020
$116,872
City of Seattle
Principal Accountant
01/14/2020
$89,073
Mountain View Elementary-El Monte
Principal Accountant
12/12/2019
$66,768
City of Seattle
Principal Accountant
10/24/2019
$82,687
University of Arizona
Principal Accountant
10/14/2019
$42,512
Whatcom Community College
Principal Accountant
09/30/2019
$65,000
University of Kentucky
Principal Accountant
09/30/2019
$44,762
Robert Half
Principal Accountant
08/09/2019
$85,000
City of Tucson
Principal Accountant
08/04/2019
$53,206
City of Seattle
Principal Accountant
07/29/2019
$82,687
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