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Partner - Accounting Firm Salary (United States)

Six-figure salaries are the norm for Accounting Firm Partners in the United States, with pay typically hovering around $201K per year. Final cash compensation to Accounting Firm Partners varies from around $79K to approximately $407K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $96K and $74K, respectively. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although a fair portion have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, just under a fourth claim no health benefits at all. Male Accounting Firm Partners are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. For the most part, Accounting Firm Partners enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$71,997 - $368,651
MEDIAN: $179,438
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National Salary Data

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$71,997 - $368,651  
$0.00 - $95,561  
Profit Sharing
$3,523 - $74,497  
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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).
$79,246 - $406,537  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
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Job Description for Partner - Accounting Firm

Typically, there are two types of accounting firm partners: equity partners and salaried partners. Equity partners are the highest-level individuals in the business, as they have usually put forth some of their own money to support the business. Salaried partners are those who have not invested directly in the business financially, but who are eligible for profit-sharing. Depending on the firm, a prospective partner may be asked to buy in before joining.
Partner - Accounting Firm Tasks
  • Manage the accounting firm’s staff, select managers, and evaluate manager’s performances.
  • Oversee the operation of regional offices, coordinate their activities, and monitor their performance.
  • Establish the firm’s policies and procedures, and make sure these practices are carried out in all of the firm’s offices.
  • Act as the highest executive of the accounting firm to direct and determine the final decision on all its projects and activities.
  • Responsible for the financial well-being of the firm and ensure that the offices bring in a profit.

Common Career Paths for Partner - Accounting Firm

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As Accounting Firm Partners transition into upper-level roles, like Managing Partner, Accounting Firms, they often do not see a change in salary. Managing Partner, Accounting Firms usually earn the same amount as Accounting Firm Partners. A lot of Accounting Firm Partners advance their careers by becoming Certified Public Accountants and Chief Financial Officers. However, those positions offer $143K less and $80K less per year on average.

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Popular Skills for Partner - Accounting Firm

Survey takers who work as Accounting Firm Partners report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Auditing, Accounting, and Tax Preparation can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Those listing Tax Preparation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounting and Auditing also typically command lower compensation. It is often found that people who know Accounting are also skilled in Tax Preparation.

Pay Difference By Location

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Washington is home to an above-average pay rate for Accounting Firm Partners, 118 percent higher than the national average. Accounting Firm Partners will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent) and Chicago (+29 percent).

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Experience Affects Partner - Accounting Firm Salaries

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Skills That Affect Partner - Accounting Firm Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 23%