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Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

The average Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant can expect to rake in roughly $51K per year. Final cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants varies from around $39K to approximately $72K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $7K and $5K, respectively. Location and the company each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants making up 56 percent of survey respondents. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-half collect dental insurance. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$39,131 - $69,321
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MEDIAN: $51,089
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$14.04 - $29.66
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National Salary Data

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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,131 - $69,321  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,281  
Profit Sharing
$497.02 - $4,993  
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,574  
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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$38,722 - $71,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,395
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$14.04 - $29.66  
   
Overtime
$17.99 - $39.22  
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 - $7,281  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,574  
Profit Sharing
$497.02 - $4,993  
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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$38,722 - $71,990  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 485
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants flock to EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, and Mcgladrey, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although salaries only range from $52K to just $82K, PricewaterhouseCoopers still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $62K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 19 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 Boston (+18 percent), San Francisco (+17 percent), San Diego (+17 percent), and Dallas (+14 percent). Cleveland is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 8 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Tampa and Austin (2 percent lower).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Advice

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 33703:
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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Compliance (Financial)
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Data Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Tax Consulting
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Auditing
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Microsoft Office
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Financial Reporting
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Microsoft Excel
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Software Knowledge
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Accounting
0%

National Average
$52,000

Quickbooks
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Tax Preparation
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Bookkeeping
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 792 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

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