Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants take home approximately $55K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $77K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and slightly more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$41,192 - $73,878
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$41K
$55K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,143
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$16.13 - $35.91
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$16
$23
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,192 - $73,878  
   
Bonus
$513 - $8,094  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,717  
Commission
$4,913  
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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$40,771 - $77,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,969
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.13 - $35.91  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$21.13 - $49.26  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$513 - $8,094  
   
Commission
$4,913  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,717  
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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$40,771 - $77,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 229
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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants flock to KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Deloitte & Touche LLP does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $75K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $49K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $102K. Also paying near the top of the field are Deloitte at $62K, PricewaterhouseCoopers at $61K, and EY (Ernst & Young), where Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants annually earn $61K.

Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants will find the worst pay at Bkd, Llp, where the median salary crawls in at $51K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $76K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at Price Waterhouse Cooper Ltd, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP can also expect below-average earnings of $52K, $53K, and $60K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,103

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Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants is geography, with workers in Lafayette earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Employers in Birmingham and Baton Rouge also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Tax Consulting
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General Ledger Accounting
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Data Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Compliance (Financial)
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Financial Reporting
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Auditing
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

Microsoft Office
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$56,000

Tax Preparation
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Software Knowledge
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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 182 votes.

Gender

Female
42 %
Male
58 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 20%
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