Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Earnings for Experienced Certified Public Accountants come in at around $75K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses, profit sharing and commission — peaking near $15K, $12K, and $30K, respectively — total cash payment to Experienced Certified Public Accountants can bottom out near $50K or top out at around $126K. Female Experienced Certified Public Accountants survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. Unfortunately, some people in this line of work are without benefits — slightly less than a third lack coverage. On the flip side, more than half have medical insurance and more than a third receive dental plans. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$49,541 - $117,970
(Median)
$50K
$75K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,148
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90%

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$21.70 - $60.16
(Median)
$22
$34
$60
MEDIAN: $34.00
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90%

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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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$49,541 - $117,970  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $12,080  
Commission
$0.00 - $30,201  
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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$49,866 - $126,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$21.70 - $60.16  
   
Overtime
$22.43 - $60.05  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,033  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $30,201  
Profit Sharing
$1,021 - $12,080  
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).
)
$49,866 - $126,173  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 301
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Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 51 percent, Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Philadelphia receive some of the highest pay in the country. Experienced Certified Public Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+46 percent), New York (+41 percent), Houston (+29 percent), and Seattle (+25 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Portland Experienced Certified Public Accountants earning much less — 25 percent less — than the national average.

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Skills That Affect Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 7%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 7%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 6%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 6%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 4%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 4%

National Average
$78,000

Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

Payroll Administration
up arrow 7%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 312 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 35%
vision benefits Vision: 24% employee benefits None: 31%
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