Salary for Accountants

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This occupation has now been updated to Accountants and Auditors

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!

Accountants review the financial records of businesses, individuals and organizations. They work to point out irregularities in bookkeeping, balance and create budgets, compute taxes owed, and advise their clients in a wide range of financial matters. Accountants may maintain or review government financial records as well as those of the private sector. Additionally, individuals in this profession may conduct audits to evaluate financial practices of their clients and provide feedback based on their results. The majority of individuals in this profession have at least a four year degree, and many take trade-specific certification exams (CPA). They are also expected to have a strong command of numerous computerized financial record keeping systems, and may develop or suggest the use of specific recordkeeping systems for their clients.

A Accountant will normally receive an average salary on a scale from $45,220 to $128,680 based on experience and talent. usually receive a salary of eigthy-one thousand six hundred and sixty dollars annually.

can receive the highest pay in District of Columbia, where they receive compensation, on average, of near $110,140. Employees in this career have the most lucrative average salary level in Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction, which has an average salary rate 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 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
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