Entry-Level Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary

Median pay for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants lies in the neighborhood of $56K annually. In the world of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $78K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants making up 57 percent of survey respondents. Some workers in this field — nearly one in five — are not awarded benefits. Medical coverage is reported by a strong majority and dental plans are enjoyed by close to one-half. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$42,340 - $75,618
$42K
$56K
$76K
MEDIAN: $56,022
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$16.31 - $34.68
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$0$78K
Salary $42,340 - $75,618
Bonus $576 - $8,065
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,637
Commission $2,500
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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$41,108 - $78,770
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,828
Hourly Data $0$50
Hourly Rate $16.31 - $34.68
Hourly Tips $20.00
Overtime $22.72 - $50.31
Annual Data $0$78K
Bonus $576 - $8,065
Commission $2,500
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $6,637
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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$41,108 - $78,770
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 256

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Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants include KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Bkd, Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte & Touche LLP. Employees of Deloitte & Touche LLP can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $49K to $102K. EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Deloitte are a few other companies that offer generous salaries, with Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants earning around $62K, $62K, or $61K at each firm, respectively.

The lowest salaries can be found at Bkd, Llp — median pay is $51K — and there is little variation in compensation, with paychecks starting at $45K and only reaching $76K. Employees at Price Waterhouse Cooper Ltd, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP can also expect below-average earnings of $52K, $53K, and $57K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,830

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants that is 24 percent greater than the national average, Boston offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), New York (+13 percent), Miami (+8 percent), and Dallas (+7 percent). Entry-Level Certified Public Accountants in Lafayette earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Birmingham (11 percent lower) and Baton Rouge (10 percent lower).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Jonesboro:
"Share your knowledge about the daily responsibilities, caree."
Share your knowledge about the daily responsibilities, career path, stress levels, perks and valuable skills associated with this job.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Cochran:
"School work not similar to actual work."
Do your best.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Salina:
"Lots of long hours during tax season."
In public accounting, be prepared for a lot of long hours from December through April 15. When I say long hours, I mean 12-17 hour days. 60-80% of a CPA's revenue is earned during this time frame, so it's imperative to put in the time. Unfortunately, this means you sacrifice A LOT of family and personal time. The rest of the world goes on with their lives, but yours is frozen. The flip side of the coin is that you usually are able to enjoy a reduced work week the rest of the year until tax season rolls around again.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in 33703:
"Most of what you learn that is valuable is on the job."
Be patient. There are no good generalists any longer.

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in Scottsbluff:
Networking and people skills are as much a part of the job as the numbers are.

Key Stats for Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
70%
5-9 years
20%
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Skills That Affect Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salaries




Compliance (Financial)
▲1%


▼0%



National Average
$57,000


Microsoft Office
▼1%

Payroll Tax Compliance
▼3%


Software Knowledge
▼4%

▼5%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 219 votes.

Gender

Female
44 %
Male
56 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 77%
dental benefits
Dental: 49%
vision benefits
Vision: 38%
no benefits
None: 21%
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