Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Experienced Certified Public Accountants can expect to earn an average of $76K annually. Total cash compensation to Experienced Certified Public Accountants bottoms out near $50K and approaches $127K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $15K from bonuses and almost $10K from profit sharing. The majority of Experienced Certified Public Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. There are more female Experienced Certified Public Accountants who answered the questionnaire than male, making up 63 percent. Slightly less than a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a majority report medical coverage and over a third claim dental coverage as well. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$50,091 - $119,449
(Median)
$50K
$76K
$120K
MEDIAN: $75,839
10%
50%
90%

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$22.29 - $58.74
(Median)
$22
$34
$59
MEDIAN: $34.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$50,091 - $119,449  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,347  
Profit Sharing
$969 - $10,140  
Commission
$0.00 - $45,615  
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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$50,455 - $127,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,302
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.29 - $58.74  
   
Overtime
$22.06 - $59.60  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,347  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $45,615  
Profit Sharing
$969 - $10,140  
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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$50,455 - $127,414  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 297
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $78,291

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For those looking to make money, Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Philadelphia enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 50 percent above the national average. Experienced Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Washington (+46 percent), San Francisco (+45 percent), New York (+43 percent), and Boston (+31 percent). Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Portland make 25 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.

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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Auditing
up arrow 7%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 6%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 5%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 4%

Data Analysis
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%

National Average
$78,000

General Ledger Accounting
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Quickbooks
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 7%

Bookkeeping
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 263 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 67%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 26%
dental benefits
None: 30%
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