The average salary for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is $56,406 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Financial Analysis. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Total Pay (?
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$40,364 - $91,526
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MEDIAN: $56,405
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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Total Pay (?
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$15.14 - $50.56
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National Salary Data

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$0$34K$68K$102K
Salary
$40,364 - $91,526  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
Profit Sharing
$957 - $7,865  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,189  
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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$40,504 - $99,027  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,053
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.14 - $50.56  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00 - $6.36  
Overtime
$20.02 - $47.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$34K$68K$102K
Bonus
$0.00 - $10,171  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,189  
Profit Sharing
$957 - $7,865  
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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$40,504 - $99,027  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Apr 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 10,053
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Job Description for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) generally handle the accounting, taxes, reporting, and audit processes for governments, corporations, and individual clients. To become a CPA, one must obtain a bachelor’s degree (preferably with a major in Accounting or Business Administration), earn an additional 150 hours of college credit (unless in California, Colorado, New Hampshire or Vermont, which have different requirements), and pass the four-part national CPA exam administered by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA); additionally, each state has its own requirements for licensure by the State Board of Accountancy. In order to be successful in the profession, CPAs typically must have an analytic mind, an excellent eye for detail, and aptitude for math. They usually work indoors, in a well-lit office. Work usually is performed at a desk, with a computer, and typically involves reviewing various types of financial information, keeping up-to-date on changes in government regulations, or preparing documentation or reporting related to finances, taxes, or audits. A CPA may have to work long hours, especially during the annual tax season (January to April). CPAs have a variety of career paths from which to choose. One can work for any sized firm, ranging from a large, international firm to a small local accounting practice, as well as in a range of industries, non-profit organizations, or level of government (local, state, or federal). CPAs also have various specializations available as professional options. Additionally, CPAs may choose to be self-employed and focus on personal financial matters of a limited number of clients.
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Tasks
  • 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.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements.
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Gender
Female
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female alumni
 
Male
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male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 46%
vision benefits Vision: 32% employee benefits None: 22%
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