Salary for Accountants and Auditors

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Also known as:  Account Auditor, Accountant, Auditor, Auditor-In-Charge, Certified Public Accountant, Cost Accountant, CPA, Field Auditor, Financial Accountant, Financial Auditor helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Individuals working as accountant and auditors interpret the accounting data and records maintained by individuals, organizations and businesses in order to prepare financial statements. They may also give financial advice, and evaluate financial statements that have been prepared by other professionals. In some cases, these professionals conduct audits to ensure that finances are being appropriately handled within a business or organization, and report their findings to relevant personnel. They are expected to be familiar with numerous financial software systems, and generally certification or trade-specific training is a requirement of this occupation.

A Accountant or Auditor can receive an average pay level of between $45,220 - $128,680 depending on levels of tenure. usually receive a pay level of of eigthy-one thousand six hundred and sixty dollars yearly.

are compensated at the highest average salary in District of Columbia, where they can get average pay scales of close to about $110,140. This group of people are compensated most highly in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, which has wages of $89,380.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 45.01 percent nationwide in that time.


Accountants and Auditors tend to make the most in the following industries:

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Finance and Insurance
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Management of Companies and Enterprises

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Accommodation and Food Services
Educational Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Transportation and Warehousing
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting