Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants sits in the ballpark of $51K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing — stretch from around $39K to approximately $73K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men working as Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 57 percent. Most enjoy medical while roughly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,511 - $70,345
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,471
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$14.66 - $30.39
(Median)
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$21
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MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$39,511 - $70,345  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,729  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,425  
Commission
$1,965 - $5,896  
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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$39,273 - $72,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,022
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.66 - $30.39  
   
Overtime
$17.76 - $40.79  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,729  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $5,896  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $5,425  
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).
)
$39,273 - $72,951  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 434
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Dominating the field, EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG, LLP, and Mcgladrey are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. PricewaterhouseCoopers pays the most with a median salary of $63K, though there is little variation overall ($50K to $76K).

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Seattle (+14 percent), and San Diego (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Cleveland, which sits 8 percent below the national average.

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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 11%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 5%

Data Analysis
up arrow 5%

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$52,000

Tax Preparation
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Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 509 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 51%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 18%
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