Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

An average Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant can expect to take home roughly $56K annually. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants bottoms out near $41K and approaches $78K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $8K from bonuses and almost $5K from profit sharing. Geography 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. Work is enjoyable for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — nearly one-fifth lack coverage. On the flip side, a strong majority have medical insurance and half receive dental plans. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$42,218 - $75,032
$42K
$56K
$75K
MEDIAN: $55,813
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$16.16 - $34.69
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$0$77K
Salary $42,218 - $75,032
Bonus $595 - $8,046
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,176
Commission $2,500
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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$41,191 - $77,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,890
Hourly Data $0$47
Hourly Rate $16.16 - $34.69
Hourly Tips $20.00
Overtime $21.67 - $47.68
Annual Data $0$77K
Bonus $595 - $8,046
Commission $2,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $5,176
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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$41,191 - $77,879
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 249

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KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte & Touche LLP are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants. Employees of Deloitte & Touche LLP can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $49K to $102K. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks at EY (Ernst & Young) ($62K), PricewaterhouseCoopers ($62K), and Deloitte ($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. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Price Waterhouse Cooper Ltd ($52K), Mcgladrey ($53K), and KPMG, LLP ($57K).

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,617

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in Boston enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 24 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), New York (+14 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in Lafayette bring in salaries that are 29 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Birmingham and Baton Rouge (11 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Jonesboro:
"Share your knowledge about the daily responsibilities, caree."
Share your knowledge about the daily responsibilities, career path, stress levels, perks and valuable skills associated with this job.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Cochran:
"School work not similar to actual work."
Do your best.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Salina:
"Lots of long hours during tax season."
In public accounting, be prepared for a lot of long hours from December through April 15. When I say long hours, I mean 12-17 hour days. 60-80% of a CPA's revenue is earned during this time frame, so it's imperative to put in the time. Unfortunately, this means you sacrifice A LOT of family and personal time. The rest of the world goes on with their lives, but yours is frozen. The flip side of the coin is that you usually are able to enjoy a reduced work week the rest of the year until tax season rolls around again.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 33703:
"Most of what you learn that is valuable is on the job."
Be patient. There are no good generalists any longer.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Scottsbluff:
Networking and people skills are as much a part of the job as the numbers are.

Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
71%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries




Compliance (Financial)
▲2%



▼0%



Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$57,000

Software Knowledge
▼3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
▼3%


▼5%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 216 votes.

Gender

Female
43 %
Male
57 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 78%
dental benefits
Dental: 50%
vision benefits
Vision: 39%
no benefits
None: 20%
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