Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

The average salary for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is $62,410 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Tax Consulting and Financial Analysis. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$45,281 - $101,809
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$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $62,660
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$18.04 - $50.59
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MEDIAN: $28.81
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,281 - $101,809  
   
Bonus
$517 - $12,461  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,066  
Commission
$1,021 - $63,616  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,713 - $108,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 3,646
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.04 - $50.59  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$21.81 - $57.19  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$517 - $12,461  
   
Commission
$1,021 - $63,616  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,066  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$44,713 - $108,574  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 589

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Job Description for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified public accountants (CPAs) generally handle the accounting, tax, reporting and/or audit processes for governments, corporations or individual clients. Their duties may vary depending on their employer and specialization. However, tasks commonly performed by CPAs include reviewing their company's financial information; preparing documentation or reporting related to finances, taxes, or audits; and staying up-to-date on changes in government regulations. They may also perform audits for their organization, as well as make suggestions on improving bookkeeping and recordkeeping processes.

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Tasks

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements.
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities, utilizing accounting principles.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare and communicate financial reports.

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 2,166 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 1,245 salaries. An experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 948 salaries. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 642 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,499

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Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 482 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

▲45%

▲25%

▲8%

National Average
$64,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries










Tax Preparation
▼0%

National Average
$64,000

▼1%

▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%


▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 482 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 45%
vision benefits
Vision: 36%
no benefits
None: 25%
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