Salary for Accountants

Also known as:  Account Auditor, Accountant, Auditor, Auditor-In-Charge, Certified Public Accountant, Cost Accountant, CPA, Field Auditor, Financial Accountant, Financial Auditor

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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.

An Accountant will usually earn an average wage on a scale from 48000 and 72000 based on level of experience. Accountants can expect an average pay level of Sixty Nine Thousand Eight Hundred dollars yearly.

Accountants receive the highest pay in New York, where they can receive an average salary rate of about $84280. They can get the highest pay in Information, where they earn average job salaries of $74240.

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SALARY TREND
The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 22.61 percent nationwide in that time.
INDUSTRIES
Accountants tend to make the most in the following industries
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services $74,240
Information $71,920
Finance and Insurance $70,310
Wholesale Trade $69,670
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction $69,550
Utilities $69,060
In general, they earn less within the industries below
Accommodation and Food Services $53,850
Educational Services $58,600
Health Care and Social Assistance $58,790
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting $61,150
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services $63,470
Transportation and Warehousing $63,840
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