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An at-a-glance summary of CPA salaries by industry

An at-a-glance summary of CPA salaries by industry

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

Less than 1 year1 to 3 yearsSenior
Tax Services$39,500 - 74,250$47,750 - $91,500$60,500 - $113,000
Audit/Assurance
Services
$39,500 - $74,250$43,500 - $82,750$53,250 - $101,500

Corporate accounting

Less than 1 year1 to 3 yearsSenior
Budget Analyst$42,250 - $80,750$55,000 - $104,750$67,750 - $128,750
Tax Accountant$43,000 - $82,250$58,500 - $101,000$72,000 - $126,750

Source: Robert Half 2019 Salary Guide


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