The three top-paying cities for Experienced Certified Public Accountants — Philadelphia, Washington, and New York — are all on the East Coast. In the world of Experienced Certified Public Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $16K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $52K and $131K. Female Experienced Certified Public Accountants are more common than men among those who completed the survey; more than half (66 percent) are women. Health benefits are not enjoyed by everyone in this line of work, and close to one-third lack any coverage at all. Medical benefits are reported by the larger part and dental coverage is claimed by more than a third. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$52,079 - $124,398
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$52K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,068
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$22.33 - $62.37
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$22
$34
$62
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$52,079 - $124,398  
   
Bonus
$987 - $15,781  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,252  
Commission
$1,546 - $48,479  
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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$51,984 - $131,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 786
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$22.33 - $62.37  
   
Overtime
$32.00 - $62.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$987 - $15,781  
   
Commission
$1,546 - $48,479  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $10,252  
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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$51,984 - $131,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,029

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Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Philadelphia, Washington, and New York — all eastern cities in the United States — make more than the national average for those in this profession. They also represent the three highest-paid locations for Experienced Certified Public Accountants in this country. Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Fort Collins take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 32 percent less than the national average. Workers in Portland and Richmond earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (27 percent less and 14 percent less, respectively).

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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Financial Analysis
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Tax Compliance
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Data Analysis
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Tax Consulting
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Compliance (Financial)
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Microsoft Office
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Financial Reporting
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$80,000

Software Knowledge
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Tax Preparation
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General Ledger Accounting
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Microsoft Excel
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Quickbooks
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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 110 votes.

Gender

Female
66 %
Male
34 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 66%
dental benefits
Dental: 37%
medical benefits
Vision: 29%
dental benefits
None: 32%
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