Partner - Accounting Firm Salary

A Partner - Accounting Firm earns an average salary of $162,974 per year. Most people in this job have more than five years' experience in related jobs. Pay for this job rises steadily for more experienced workers, but goes down noticeably for employees with more than 20 years' experience.
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$76,177 - $354,786
MEDIAN: $162,973

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$76,177 - $354,786  
$0.00 - $78,906  
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$3,500 - $79,075  
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$80,018 - $404,427  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 332
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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.

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Job Satisfaction

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Years of Experience

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1-4 years
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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 81% dental benefits Dental: 54%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 17%