Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Chicago Staff Accountants, experience in the field does not tend to play a major role in salary decisions; in general, pay does not go up drastically with more experience, and earnings grow incrementally instead. After five to 10 years, pay—which begins at $46K—can reach $48K. Earnings total $50K after one to two decades. After 20 years of work in the field, Chicago Staff Accountants typically earn $53K and go on to enjoy (slight) increases in earnings. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 10 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 11 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than five. Most employees in this workforce have between one and nine years of experience; most of those surveyed fall within this distribution.