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Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (United States)

A typical Certified Public Accountant can expect to rake in roughly $73K per year. With bonuses occasionally running north of $15K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $13K, and a few commissions as high as $19K, total income for Experienced Certified Public Accountants can range between $49K and $124K according to individual performance. Just under a third of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, more than half report medical coverage and more than a third claim dental coverage as well. There are more female Experienced Certified Public Accountants than male, making up 60 percent of individuals in this profession. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire form the basis for this summary.
Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (?
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$48,959 - $112,289
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $73,150
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Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary (?
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$20.81 - $63.60
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,959 - $112,289  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $15,240  
Profit Sharing
$1,246 - $12,822  
Commission
$0.00 - $19,392  
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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$49,247 - $123,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,511
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$20.81 - $63.60  
   
Overtime
$21.96 - $54.48  
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 - $15,240  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $19,392  
Profit Sharing
$1,246 - $12,822  
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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$49,247 - $123,848  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 352
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Pay Difference By Location

Philadelphia
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New York
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San Francisco
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Los Angeles
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Seattle
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Tampa
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Raleigh
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San Diego
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Chicago
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Dallas
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Atlanta
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Miami
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National Average
$76,000
Portland
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For Experienced Certified Public Accountants, busy Philadelphia offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 52 percent above the national average. New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Experienced Certified Public Accountants earning around 47 percent, 35 percent, 25 percent, and 25 percent more than average. Experienced Certified Public Accountants in Portland make 23 percent less than the national average, proving that location is a major factor in pay.
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Skills That Affect Experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

Tax Consulting
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Auditing
up arrow 9%
Financial Analysis
up arrow 7%
Compliance (Financial)
up arrow 7%
Financial Reporting
up arrow 5%
Tax Compliance
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Data Analysis
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Quickbooks
0%
National Average
$76,000
Microsoft Excel
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Software Knowledge
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Tax Preparation
up arrow 3%
Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%
Accounting
up arrow 5%
Microsoft Office
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Bookkeeping
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 484 votes.

Gender

Female
60%
female alumni
 
Male
40%
male alumni

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 67% dental benefits Dental: 36%
vision benefits Vision: 25% employee benefits None: 31%