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

With nearly four in five of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s reporting fewer than five years of experience, the field is full of relatively green workers making an average of $51,664 annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s ranges from $38,668 on the lower end to $71,523 on the higher end; the final number includes potential for approximately $7,411 each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Geographic location and the specific employer each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Men just barely outnumber women in the field at 57 percent. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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 Accountant (CPA)s 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. Although PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the highest salaries in town—median pay is $62,096—workers can only make as much as $82K and scope of pay is rather limited.
Mcgladrey offers the lowest pay in the field, with a median salary of just $52,749. Workers at EY (Ernst & Young) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field.

Pay Difference By Location

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National Average
$52,000
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Cleveland
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Surpassing the national average by 19 percent, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Those in search of high salaries should also consider checking out cities like San Francisco, San Diego, Houston, and Boston, top-paying markets where Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s rake in more than the national norm (+18 percent, +15 percent, +13 percent, and +12 percent). In Cleveland, salaries are 7 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market.
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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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Compliance (Financial)
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Software Knowledge
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Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$52,000
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Accounting
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Tax Preparation
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Bookkeeping
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
43%
female alumni
 
Male
57%
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Common Health Benefits

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