Salary Guide: Accountants

Accountants and Auditors prepare and analyze financial statements and give advice regarding budgetary concerns. Certification and higher education is required. Nationwide there are over 1,000,000 Accountants who earn an average salary of $68,960.

Most Accountants earn at least a bachelor’s degree and are licensed by the State Board of Accountancy.

Most Accountants earn at least a bachelor’s degree and are licensed by the State Board of Accountancy. 46 states require at least 150 semester hours of accounting coursework for certification. Additionally, Accountants must pass a national exam and meet any requirements specified by the state before they can file any reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

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Salaries by State (mean annual wage)

Alabama: $60,830
Alaska: $66,710
Arizona: $60,310
Arkansas: $55,520
California: $74,360
Colorado: $70,420
Connecticut: $73,250
Delaware: $66,030
District of Columbia: $84,390
Florida: $63,600
Georgia: $70,410
Hawaii : $60,160
Idaho: $59,050
Illinois : $70,970
Indiana: $64,960
Iowa: $60,840
Kansas: $57,680
Kentucky: $56,100
Louisiana: $57,410
Maine: $60,350
Maryland: $75,870
Massachusetts: $75,030
Michigan: $66,450
Minnesota: $62,120
Mississippi: $55,660
Missouri: $59,980
Montana: $54,260
Nebraska: $62,610
Nevada: $63,810
New Hampshire: $62,810
New Jersey: $79,620
New Mexico: $65,660
New York: $85,230
North Carolina: $66,100
North Dakota: $52,270
Ohio: $65,010
Oklahoma: $55,870
Oregon: $62,080
Pennsylvania: $68,610
Rhode Island: $68,500
South Carolina: $59,240
South Dakota: $54,130
Tennessee: $58,770
Texas: $68,090
Utah: $62,930
Vermont: $66,250
Virginia: $72,540
Washington: $65,230
West Virginia: $59,820
Wisconsin: $62,340
Wyoming: $62,000

Salaries in Top 20 Metro Areas (mean annual wage)

1. New York City: $89,220
2. Los Angeles: $72,080
3. Chicago: $73,990
4. Dallas – Forth Worth: $71,820
5. Philadelphia: $78,020
6. Houston: $71,930
7. Washington DC: $82,360
8. Miami: $67,970
9. Atlanta: $72,410
10. Boston: $76,250
11. San Francisco: $82,910
12. Detroit: $74,580
13. Riverside: $64,340
14. Phoenix: $59,380
15. Seattle: $68,110
16. Minneapolis: $64,360
17. San Diego: $74,210
18. St. Louis: $66,490
19. Tampa: $59,380
20. Baltimore: $74,680

  • All statistics calculated by the US Department of Labor, May 2010.
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