Average Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

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The average salary for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is $65,397.
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$498 - $24k
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$46k - $118k

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Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

The top respondents for the job title Certified Public Accountant (CPA) are from the companies EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP and CliftonLarsonAllen. Reported salaries are highest at Self-Employed where the average pay is $125,126. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include CliftonLarsonAllen and Bkd, Llp, earning around $80,792 and $71,667, respectively. KPMG, LLP pays the lowest at around $62,083. RSM McGladrey Incorporated and EY (Ernst & Young) also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $67,000 and $67,808, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Skills in Financial Reporting, Tax Consulting and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Auditing and Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

An entry-level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $52,028 based on 263 salaries. An early career Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $57,510 based on 2,167 salaries. A mid-career Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $69,535 based on 1,514 salaries. An experienced Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $80,931 based on 1,246 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $95,365.
Employees with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 17.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Boston, Massachusetts (14.4% more) and Atlanta, Georgia (13.5% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (0.7% less).

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