Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant earns approximately $53K annually. Total incomes of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $8K from bonuses and close to $6K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $40K and $75K. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. A strong majority enjoy medical while nearly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants (56 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$40,199 - $72,225
(Median)
$40K
$53K
$72K
MEDIAN: $52,908
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$14.91 - $33.08
(Median)
$15
$21
$33
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,199 - $72,225  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,743  
Profit Sharing
$99.55 - $5,936  
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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$39,936 - $75,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,940
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $33.08  
   
Hourly Tips
$10.63  
Overtime
$19.17 - $41.26  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,743  
   
Commission
$4,913  
Profit Sharing
$99.55 - $5,936  
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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$39,936 - $75,304  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 415
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EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, and Bkd, Llp are among the top companies that take on many Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. Pay for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants is best at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which offers a median salary of $63K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $52K to $82K. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks at KPMG, LLP ($60K), Bkd, Llp ($59K), and Deloitte ($59K).

Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include EY (Ernst & Young) at $57K, and Deloitte & Touche LLP where $58K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants there earn up to $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,593

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With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants that is 24 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Cleveland, 8 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Tampa (5 percent lower) and Minneapolis (2 percent lower).

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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
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General Ledger Accounting
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Compliance (Financial)
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Tax Consulting
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Data Analysis
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Auditing
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Tax Compliance
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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National Average
$54,000

Software Knowledge
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Tax Preparation
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 381 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 51%
medical benefits
Vision: 38%
dental benefits
None: 19%
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