The average salary for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is $62,055 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.

$44,654 - $101,090
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$100K
MEDIAN: $62,054
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$18.13 - $50.27
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,654 - $101,090  
   
Bonus
$601 - $13,051  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,857  
Commission
$1,462 - $45,615  
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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$44,348 - $107,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,606
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.13 - $50.27  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$22.03 - $56.14  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$601 - $13,051  
   
Commission
$1,462 - $45,615  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,857  
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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$44,348 - $107,343  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 578
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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

  • 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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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $64,042

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Experience Affects Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries




National Average
$64,000


Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries





Financial Reporting
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General Ledger Accounting
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Data Analysis
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Software Knowledge
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Tax Preparation
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$64,000

Auditing
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Quickbooks
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 443 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 73%
dental benefits
Dental: 46%
medical benefits
Vision: 35%
dental benefits
None: 25%
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