Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

The average salary for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is $62,410 per year. The highest paying skills associated with this job are Tax Consulting and Financial Analysis. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$45,427 - $103,177
$45K
$63K
$100K
MEDIAN: $63,393
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50%
90%

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$18.14 - $51.13
$18
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$51
MEDIAN: $29.21
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$0$111K
Salary $45,427 - $103,177
Bonus $595 - $13,001
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,409
Commission $604 - $29,799
Total Pay (?
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).
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$44,966 - $111,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 6,120
Hourly Data $0$59
Hourly Rate $18.14 - $51.13
Hourly Tips $10.00
Overtime $23.07 - $59.55
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $595 - $13,001
Commission $604 - $29,799
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $10,409
Total Pay (?
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).
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$44,966 - $111,155
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 May 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,015

Job Description for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Certified public accountants (CPAs) generally handle the accounting, tax, reporting and/or audit processes for governments, corporations or individual clients. Their duties may vary depending on their employer and specialization. However, tasks commonly performed by CPAs include reviewing their company's financial information; preparing documentation or reporting related to finances, taxes, or audits; and staying up-to-date on changes in government regulations. They may also perform audits for their organization, as well as make suggestions on improving bookkeeping and recordkeeping processes.

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Tasks

  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Generate and interpret financial records and statements.
  • Maintain records of assets, liabilities, profit and loss, tax liability, or other financial activities, utilizing accounting principles.
  • Analyze financial data in order to prepare and communicate financial reports.

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Common Career Paths for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


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Pay by Experience Level for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Pay by Experience for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) has a positive trend. An entry-level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 2,166 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 1,245 salaries. An experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 948 salaries. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $93,000 based on 642 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $65,094

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Olympia:
"Repetitious, stressful."
Pros: Helping people and I have freedom with my hours in the off season.
Cons: Working with government agencies and the fear you might have made an unknown error that will come to light years later. Also working with client's messes.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Houston:
Pros: Experience with different financial situations.
Cons: Hours and operating process.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Philadelphia:
"Being Promoted."
Pros: Diversity.
Cons: Travel.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Lincoln:
"Good."
Pros: Freedom and flexibilty in completing work on own time.
Cons: Answering to multiple managers and balancing all their expectations.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Knoxville:
"The management."
Pros: Challenging type of work. Changing challenging.
Cons: Out of state travel.

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Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 888 votes.
Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Experience Affects Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries

▲43%

▲24%

▲7%

National Average
$65,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries










National Average
$65,000

Tax Preparation
▼1%

Microsoft Excel
▼1%

▼2%

▼2%


▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 888 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
17%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 72%
dental benefits
Dental: 43%
vision benefits
Vision: 34%
no benefits
None: 27%