Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant can expect to rake in roughly $55K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $41K to approximately $77K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men working as Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and over one-half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$41,549 - $74,159
$42K
$55K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,216
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$16.06 - $35.37
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$23
$35
MEDIAN: $22.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,549 - $74,159  
   
Bonus
$515 - $8,130  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,182  
Commission
$3,000  
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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$40,938 - $77,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,003
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$16.06 - $35.37  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$21.45 - $49.54  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$515 - $8,130  
   
Commission
$3,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,182  
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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$40,938 - $77,390  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 242

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Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants include EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Bkd, Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Although Deloitte & Touche LLP leads the field in pay with a median salary of $75K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $49K on the low end all the way up to $102K at the top. Also paying near the top of the field are PricewaterhouseCoopers at $62K, EY (Ernst & Young) at $62K, and Deloitte, where Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants annually earn $61K.

The lowest salaries can be found at Bkd, Llp — median pay is $51K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $45K and only reaching $76K. Price Waterhouse Cooper Ltd, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $52K, $53K, and $57K-paychecks on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,160

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, Boston provides a pay rate that is 21 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Houston (+9 percent). The lowest-paying market is Lafayette, which sits 28 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 10 percent less in Birmingham and 9 percent less in Baton Rouge, below-median salaries for those in this field.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 33703:
"Most of what you learn that is valuable is on the job."
Be patient. There are no good generalists any longer.

Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
▲6%

Tax Consulting
▲5%


Compliance (Financial)
▲3%




▲1%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$56,000


Software Knowledge
▼3%

Quickbooks
▼4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
▼5%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 192 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 52%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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