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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary in Los Angeles

Median pay for Los Angeles Certified Public Accountants lies in the neighborhood of $65K annually. In the world of Certified Public Accountants in Los Angeles, Calif., overall income ranges from $46K near the bottom to $128K at the top; this can include more than $29K from bonuses and more than $20K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Male Certified Public Accountants in Los Angeles who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (64 percent) are men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and slightly more than half earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$48,414 - $123,721
MEDIAN: $64,980

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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.
$48,414 - $123,721  
$0.00 - $28,828  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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).
$46,375 - $128,090  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 141

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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Los Angeles, California

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $78K. Certified Public Accountants in Los Angeles, Calif. who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $91K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

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Experience Affects Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Los Angeles, California Salaries

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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Los Angeles, California Salaries

Data Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Financial Analysis
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Compliance (Financial)
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National Average

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Financial Reporting
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Tax Consulting
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Microsoft Excel
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


36 %
64 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 53%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 12%