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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, yearly average wages total $51K annually. Cash earnings for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants — including $8K in bonuses and $5K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $39K to $73K depending on individual performance. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Men make up a slight majority of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants (57 percent) who responded to the survey. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while close to one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,416 - $69,953
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,324
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$14.47 - $29.99
(Median)
$14
$20
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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
$39,416 - $69,953  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,656  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $5,034  
Commission
$1,017 - $7,370  
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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$39,124 - $72,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,156
National Hourly Rate 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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $29.99  
   
Overtime
$18.59 - $39.61  
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.
)
$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,656  
   
Commission
$1,017 - $7,370  
Profit Sharing
$494.05 - $5,034  
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).
)
$39,124 - $72,693  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 447

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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Mcgladrey are top-notch employers for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in this area. Salary cannot be beat at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where median pay comes to $62K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $52K, and the higher end is not far away at $82K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, New York provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+17 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Seattle (+15 percent), and Dallas (+15 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 2 percent less in Tampa and 1 percent less in Minneapolis, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 12%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 6%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

National Average
$52,000

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 2%

Payroll Tax Compliance
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 644 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%