The estimated total pay for a Accountant is $72,518 per year in the United States area, with an average salary of $68,159 per year. These numbers represent the median, which is the midpoint of the ranges from our proprietary Total Pay Estimate model and based on salaries collected from our users. The estimated additional pay is $4,359 per year. Additional pay could include cash bonus, commission, tips, and profit sharing. The "Most Likely Range" represents values that exist within the 25th and 75th percentile of all pay data available for this role.
How accurate is this most likely Total Pay range (base + additional) of $58K-$91K/yr?
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For an Accountant in United States
Below is the total pay for the top 10 highest paying companies for an Accountant in United States. Employers include Google, Meta and Intel Corporation.
For Accountant in United States
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|PwC Accountant salaries - 372 salaries reported||$89,340/yr|
|EY Accountant salaries - 279 salaries reported||$79,132/yr|
|Google Accountant salaries - 262 salaries reported||$155,214/yr|
|Deloitte Accountant salaries - 248 salaries reported||$76,361/yr|
|Robert Half Accountant salaries - 228 salaries reported||$68,440/yr|
|KPMG Accountant salaries - 213 salaries reported||$79,723/yr|
|SelfEmployed.com Accountant salaries - 192 salaries reported||$67,459/yr|
|Hotta Liesenberg Saito Accountant salaries - 140 salaries reported||$76,293/yr|
|ABC Accountant salaries - 118 salaries reported||$71,591/yr|
|Amazon Accountant salaries - 115 salaries reported||$97,400/yr|
|McDonald's Accountant salaries - 110 salaries reported||$54,670/yr|
|Walmart Accountant salaries - 102 salaries reported||$67,747/yr|
|CBRE Accountant salaries - 98 salaries reported||$76,109/yr|
|Defense Finance and Accounting Service Accountant salaries - 89 salaries reported||$63,974/yr|
|Wells Fargo Accountant salaries - 87 salaries reported||$81,948/yr|
|Self Opportunity Accountant salaries - 78 salaries reported||$64,721/yr|
|EC Ortiz & Co., LLP Accountant salaries - 78 salaries reported||$84,040/yr|
|Bank of America Accountant salaries - 76 salaries reported||$75,975/yr|
|JPMorgan Chase & Co Accountant salaries - 75 salaries reported||$78,992/yr|
|CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) Accountant salaries - 74 salaries reported||$67,827/yr|
For an Accountant in United States
The top 5 paying industries for an Accountant in United States are Energy, Mining & Utilities with a median total pay of $85,118, Information Technology with a median total pay of $78,520, Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology with a median total pay of $76,709, Aerospace & Defense with a median total pay of $73,483, and Financial Services with a median total pay of $71,772.
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What is the pay outlook for Finance & Accounting?
Jobs in finance and accounting are expected to see continued demand, with employment growth linked to the health of the broader economy. These jobs will continue to offer above average pay but usually require higher education or certification to enter the field. While automation will replace many common tasks, it is not expected to reduce the need for these employees; it will instead allow them to focus on core soft skills like advising clients and analyzing trends.
a year ago
What’s the appropriate salary range for a staff accountant/ senior staff accountant at a high growth bank? I’ve been working my butt off for the last 1.5 years as an assistant accountant and know I’m getting a promotion but not sure how big my raise will be. We had a senior accountant leave in August and I took a lot of his work. Comp review and bonus is happening this week and I want to be prepared . Would love to hear your thoughts.
Accounting Exit Opportunities
a year ago
Newly promoted Snr Auditor (~90k) getting leads from recruiters for Internal Audit / GL Accountant / Revenue Specialist / Mgmt Consulting. Compensation appears comparable (~100k) but the consulting position bonus can go upwards of 40% supposedly. Mostly looking to leave for better WLB. Wondering which offers best career advancement and exit opps a couple yrs down the road. Currently mostly remote but these positions would be hybrid (3 days in office). Thanks
a year ago
Looking to move out of PA to corporate/internal accounting as a newly promoted senior (~90k base). So far, recruiters have reached out with opportunities in Internal Audit, GL Accountant, Revenue specialist, or Mgmt Consulting firm. Comp appears comparable (~100k) except the consulting firm whose bonuses can reach upwards of 40%. Seeking advice on which path sets me up for best comp and career adv. Thanks
The average salary for an Accountant is $72,518 per year in United States. Salaries estimates are based on 51387 salaries submitted anonymously to Glassdoor by an Accountant employees in United States.
The highest salary for an Accountant in United States is $90,580 per year.
The lowest salary for an Accountant in United States is $58,261 per year.
If you are thinking of becoming an Accountant or planning the next step in your career, find details about the role, the career path and salary trajectory of an Accountant.
Accountants earn salaries similar to other corporate operations professionals including compliance and financial analysts. Accountants generally earn similar pay whether they work for finance and insurance firms, management companies or enterprises, the government or private accounting firms. Full-time hours are common, with longer hours around tax season or the end of a fiscal quarter. Accountants who earn the designation of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) generally earn the highest pay.
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Anonymous Glassdoor ratings indicate that 69% of accountants are satisfied with their salary. Typically, accountants hold a bachelor's degree in accounting or a finance-related field. Having a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential or an advanced degree and years of experience can provide a higher base pay and lead to a good salary.
Accountants have a wide total pay range between $47,854.92 and $110,438.44, depending on experience, with an estimated total pay of $72,507.69. Following the average career path in the accounting field and building up years of relevant experience can increase an accountant's salary. Some contributing factors to earning more are having an advanced degree in accounting or a CPA credential.
If you're looking to further your career as an accountant, earning an advanced degree is necessary. A master's degree in accounting or business administration with a specialty in accounting can lead to specialized paths in the field such as auditing, forensic accounting, and public accounting, which all have the potential to increase an accountant's salary. You also may not be qualified to take the CPA exam without a master's degree.
Passing the CPA examination equips you with the skills and knowledge to file securities and exchange commission reports as well as represent clients regarding income taxes before the IRS. You must have 2 years of accounting management experience to attain the certification, which is why earning an advanced degree is even more crucial.
If you receive a job offer with a salary you aren't satisfied with, you can ask your employer if that number is flexible. This is an effective way to open the conversation for a higher accountant salary. You can also negotiate salary in your current position by looking at accountant jobs nearby to see if there are any paying accountants more and bring it to your boss's attention. Using the phrase "based on my research" sends the message that you know what you're talking about. Asking for between 10 and 20% more is a good rule of thumb and shows that you know your value.
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