How much can you earn in the Accounting field?  


Did you know that the average starting salary for accounting graduates in 2013 was $53,300, up from $49,700 in 2012?  In 2011, the average starting salary for accounting graduates was $50,500. 


See below for current average salaries based on Job titles.


Salaries in Public Accounting

Senior accountants with at least three years of experience, particularly in the areas of tax and audit, are in high demand. 
Salary highlights for accountants in public accounting include: 

Senior managers/directors in tax services earned salaries within the range of $95,500 and $198,000 in 2015, an increase of 3.7 percent from 2014. 


Tax services manager salaries also increased more than 3 percent between 2014 and 2015, to a range of between $88,750 and $139,000.


Accountants working in audit/assurance services at the senior manager/director level earned salaries that were comparable to those in tax services, at between $94,250 and $191,750.
Senior managers/directors in management services earned salaries within the range of $95,250 and $195,250 in 2015, an average increase of 3.5 percent from the prior year.

Senior-level professionals in public accounting at large firms earned the following, annual salaries in 2015:

Tax services: $78,500-$106,500
Audit/assurance services: $97,250-$135,500
Management services: $70,000-$95,250

Accountants with limited experience (up to 1 year of experience) working for large public accounting firms ($250+ million in sales) also saw their salaries increase an average of 2.9 percent between 2014 and 2015:

Tax services: $55,750-$69,750
Audit/Assurance Services: $56,000-$68,000
Management Services: $54,750-$71,250

Salaries in Corporate Accounting

Chief financial officers enjoy some of the highest salaries among all accounting professionals. Salary range for CFOs at the largest firms ($500+ million in sales) that was between $291,250 and $466,750 annually.

Other senior-level accountants at the largest private firms ($500+ million in sales) also enjoyed top salaries in 2015:

Treasurer: $291,000-$453,750
Vice President of Finance: $231,750-$375,750
Director of Finance: $159,250-$236,500
Director of Accounting: $152,500-$209,000
Director of Financial Reporting: $154,000-$217,500
Corporate Controller: $159,000-$224,750
Controller: $153,000-$209,000
Divisional Controller: $141,750-$194,500
Assistant Controller: $118,500-$160,000
Assistant Treasurer: $114,000-$159,000
Chief Compliance Officer: $169,500-$240,750
Chief Audit Executive/Vice President, Internal Audit/Internal Audit Director: $174,750-$266,500
Internal Auditor: $100,000-$144,250
IT Auditor: $110,000-$158,500
Financial Reporting: $108,000-$147,250

General accountants in large corporate accounting firms ($250+ million in sales) also earned competitive salaries in 2015, with the majority of positions experiencing a 3.6 to 4 percent average salary increase over 2014:

General accountant:
Manager: $84,500-$118,000
Senior: $68,750-$87,750
1 to 3 years of experience: $53,750-$69,500
Up to 1 year of experience: $42,250-$55,250

Cost accountant:
Manager: $86,500-$116,500
Senior: $69,750-$91,500
1 to 3 years of experience: $54,750-$71,000 
Up to 1 year of experience: $46,750-$57,750

Tax accountant:
Manager: $92,500-$129,250
Senior: $76,000-$96,000
1 to 3 years of experience: $56,000-$75,500
Up to 1 year of experience: $47,500-$60,000

Finance and Accounting
As of 2015, top salaries in finance accounting ranged between:

Chief financial officer: $155,000-$275,000
Controller (large firms): $151,500-$193,000

Financial planning and analysis professionals and general accountants earned the following salaries, as of 2015:

Accountant (5+ years of experience): $70,500-$89,000
Accountant (3 to 5 years of experience): $58,500-$74,000
Accountant (1 to 3 years of experience): $46,000-$59,750



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