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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

For Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, yearly average wages total $51K annually. Total cash compensation for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants runs from $39K to $73K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $8K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most workers in this position 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. Most enjoy medical while nearly one-half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to over a third. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$39,503 - $70,002
(Median)
$40K
$51K
$70K
MEDIAN: $51,394
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$14.54 - $30.13
(Median)
$15
$21
$30
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
$39,503 - $70,002  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,631  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $5,034  
Commission
$1,500 - $5,500  
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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$39,254 - $72,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,093
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
$14.54 - $30.13  
   
Overtime
$18.35 - $40.19  
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 - $7,631  
   
Commission
$1,500 - $5,500  
Profit Sharing
$402.68 - $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).
)
$39,254 - $72,569  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 440

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EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Mcgladrey are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. PricewaterhouseCoopers pays the most with a median salary of $61K, though there is little variation overall ($51K to $74K).

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 19 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Dallas (+15 percent), and San Diego (+15 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Cleveland is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Minneapolis (3 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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

Financial Analysis
up arrow 12%

Data Analysis
up arrow 6%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 5%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
0%

Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$52,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 5%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 592 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 80% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 36% employee benefits None: 18%
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