Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants sits in the ballpark of $55K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $77K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants making up 56 percent of survey respondents. A strong majority enjoy medical while about one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to nearly two in five. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$41,589 - $74,023
$42K
$55K
$74K
MEDIAN: $55,367
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$15.92 - $35.21
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$35
MEDIAN: $22.62
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$41,589 - $74,023  
   
Bonus
$508 - $8,007  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,182  
Commission
$2,700  
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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$40,900 - $77,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,926
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$15.92 - $35.21  
   
Hourly Tips
$20.00  
Overtime
$21.40 - $49.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$508 - $8,007  
   
Commission
$2,700  
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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$40,900 - $77,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 240

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KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte & Touche LLP are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in this area. Although Deloitte & Touche LLP heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $75K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $49K to $102K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte, top-paying firms where Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants rake in a $62K, $62K, or $61K, respectively.

Bkd, Llp offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $51K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $45K to $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: $56,186

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For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, working in the bustling city of Boston has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+18 percent), New York (+14 percent), Miami (+9 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in a Certified Public Accountant's salary, with Lafayette Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants earning salaries that are 28 percent less than the national average. Birmingham and Baton Rouge are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Advice

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

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Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

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




Compliance (Financial)
▲2%


▲1%




Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$56,000

Payroll Tax Compliance
▼2%


Software Knowledge
▼3%

▼4%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
vision benefits
Vision: 41%
no benefits
None: 19%