Partner - Accounting Firm Salary (United States)

Partner - Accounting Firm in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary—around $201,125 per year. Including potential bonuses and profit sharing proceeds (more than $100K for each in exceptional cases) overall income bottoms out near $79,246 and hits $406,537 on the high end. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Although most have medical coverage and more than half have dental coverage, about one-fourth claim no health benefits at all. Most Partner - Accounting Firms are men (72 percent). Job satisfaction for Partner - Accounting Firms is high. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Partner - Accounting Firm Salary (?
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$71,997 - $368,651
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National Salary Data

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$71,997 - $368,651  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $95,561  
Profit Sharing
$3,523 - $74,497  
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$79,246 - $406,537  
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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.
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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 Partner - Accounting Firms transition into upper-level roles, they do not see a turn in salary. For instance, a Accounting Firm Managing Partner may earn the same amount as his or her lower-level colleagues. 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

Partner - Accounting Firms report a focused set of job skills. Those listing Tax Preparation as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Accounting and Auditing also typically command lower compensation. Most people skilled in Accounting are similarly competent in Tax Preparation.

Pay Difference By Location

Washington
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New York
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Chicago
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Los Angeles
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National Average
$201,000
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Home to some of the best pay for Partner - Accounting Firms, Washington offers exceptional salaries, 118 percent above the national average. Partner - Accounting Firms will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent) and Chicago (+29 percent).

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Experience Affects Partner - Accounting Firm Salaries

National Average
$201,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Partner - Accounting Firm Salaries

National Average
$201,000
Auditing
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Accounting
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Tax Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 71 votes.

Gender

Female
28%
female alumni
 
Male
72%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
3%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
47%
20 years or more
45%

Common Health Benefits

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