Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can expect to earn an average of $53K per year. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants — including $8K in bonuses and $6K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $40K to $75K depending on individual performance. Geographic location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and about one-half collect dental insurance. Male Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 56 percent of the field. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$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 (?
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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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Known for taking on a considerable number of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte & Touche LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, and Bkd, Llp are leading firms in the industry. Although PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the highest salaries (median pay is $63K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $52K to $82K. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants will also find cushy salaries at KPMG, LLP (+$60K), Bkd, Llp (+$59K), and Deloitte (+$59K).

Other low-paying employers include EY (Ernst & Young) at $57K and Deloitte & Touche LLP at $58K, though some Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants there earn up to $93K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $53,593

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+17 percent), Boston (+16 percent), Dallas (+12 percent), and Houston (+12 percent). Cleveland ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 8 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Tampa and 2 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
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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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