Partner - Accounting Firm Salary (United States)

Partner - Accounting Firms receive generous compensation in the United States—earning an average of $201,125 per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Overall cash allowance, including $100K each for bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, generally bottoms out around $71,997 and peaks near $368,651. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. While 23 percent report receiving no health benefits, 76 percent do receive medical coverage, and more than half have dental, as well. Male Partner - Accounting Firms are far more common in the field than their female counterparts, who typically comprise less than one-third of the field. The majority of Partner - Accounting Firms claim high levels of job satisfaction. The numbers for this synopsis were furnished by individuals who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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  
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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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Partner - Accounting Firms do not experience a change in pay as they move up the career ladder. An upper-level role like Accounting Firm Managing Partner will not bring in more or less money than some lower-level roles. Partner - Accounting Firms most often move into positions as Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s or Chief Financial Officers, where they typically take pay cuts of $142K or $80K per year.

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Popular Skills for Partner - Accounting Firm

Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Partner - Accounting Firms who took the survey. Those listing Tax Preparation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounting and Auditing also typically command lower compensation. For most people, competency in Accounting indicates knowledge of Tax Preparation.

Pay Difference By Location

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Partner - Accounting Firms will find that Washington offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 118 percent. Partner - Accounting Firms will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent) and Chicago (+29 percent).

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Skills That Affect Partner - Accounting Firm Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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Common Health Benefits

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