Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary
Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants take home approximately $55K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants approaches anywhere from $41K on the lower end to $77K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $7K from profit sharing. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. For the most part, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 58 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and slightly more than half earn dental coverage. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants flock to KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Deloitte & Touche LLP does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $75K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $49K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $102K. Also paying near the top of the field are Deloitte at $62K, PricewaterhouseCoopers at $61K, and EY (Ernst & Young), where Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants annually earn $61K.
Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants will find the worst pay at Bkd, Llp, where the median salary crawls in at $51K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $76K, leaving little room for growth. Employees at Price Waterhouse Cooper Ltd, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP can also expect below-average earnings of $52K, $53K, and $60K.
Pay Difference by Location
Boston offers some of the highest pay in the country for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, 20 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+19 percent), New York (+15 percent), Dallas (+9 percent), and Houston (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants is geography, with workers in Lafayette earning a whopping 28 percent below the national average. Employers in Birmingham and Baton Rouge also lean toward paying below-median salaries (10 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).