If there’s one thing you will not be complaining about as a CPA, it’s your salary. Even new grads are offered a sizable sum, and your earning potential over time is among the best out there. Of course, as with any profession, salaries vary by geography, experience, education, and company size. But the consistent high demand for CPAs, which continues to rise, is good news for you and your bank account.

The Department of Labor and Statistics predicts employment of accountants and auditors will grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2024, mainly because accounting and auditing regulations are getting stricter and the economy will continue to expand around the globe.

So, just how good is the good life? Here’s an overview of how your career might look financially:

If you choose…

Public accounting
EmployerJr. level
(1-3 years)
Sr. level
(4-6 years)
Director/
Sr. Manager
Large firm$66,750 - $87,000$83,000 - $111,250$125,750 - $208,000
Medium firm$59,500 - $79,000$74,000 - $101,000$114,250 - $175,500
Small firm$54,750 - $70,500$67,500 - $85,000$101,000 - $143,250
Corporate accounting
EmployerJr. level
(1-3 years)
Sr. level
(4-6 years)
Manager
Large firm$56,250 - $73,250$72,000 - $92,250$89,250 - $123,500
Medium firm$52,000 - $68,250$64,000 - $84,000$78,500 - $102,250
Small firm$48,000 - $61,750$60,750 - $73,250$70,250 - $93,500
Big fat reminder

You’ll make 10-15% more than these numbers if you have your CPA license.

Source: Robert Half 2016 Salary Guide, Holland & Associates Public Accounting Survey