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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (United States)

Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants pull down an average of $51K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, overall cash earnings stretch from $39K near the bottom to $72K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $7K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $5K, along with commissions approaching $10K. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. A strong majority enjoy medical while just over a half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Male Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants are just a bit more common than females ones, with males workers composing 57 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (?
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$39,087 - $68,786
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MEDIAN: $50,964
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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (?
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$13.76 - $29.29
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,087 - $68,786  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,411  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $4,945  
Commission
$215.32 - $10,304  
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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$38,668 - $71,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,774
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.76 - $29.29  
   
Overtime
$18.80 - $39.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,411  
   
Commission
$215.32 - $10,304  
Profit Sharing
$511 - $4,945  
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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$38,668 - $71,523  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 516
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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants flock to PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Mcgladrey, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Salary cannot be beat at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where median pay comes to $62K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $50K, and the higher end is not far away at $82K.
Employees at EY (Ernst & Young) and Deloitte & Touche LLP can also expect below-average earnings of $57K and $58K.

Pay Difference By Location

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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 19 percent. San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, and Boston also offer top salaries for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. Workers in these cities can expect to earn about 18 percent, 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent more, respectively. The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 7 percent below the national average.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Tax Consulting
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Tax Compliance
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Data Analysis
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Auditing
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Financial Reporting
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Software Knowledge
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National Average
$52,000
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 17%