Yes, becoming a CPA is difficult and can occupy a lot of your time. It may take anywhere from 3 to 18 months to study and successfully pass all 4 parts of the CPA Exam, and then you need work experience. So why do so many people go through this daunting process to get that designation? Heres why:


#1 Its all about the Benjamins $$$

As a CPA, you can make around 10% - 15% more per year than a non CPA. In public accounting, your billing rate goes sky high once you become a CPA translation: the firm was billing you at $50 an hour, and now they can charge $200 per hour. That doesnt mean you pocket $200 per hour, but your firm is making more and so will you!


Here is a breakdown of what each position can make:

CORPORATE ACCOUNTING

Non-CPA salaries can reach:

CPA salaries can reach:

MANAGER

$104,400

$114,840

SENIOR

$81,600

$89,760

1 TO 3 YEARS

$63,950

$70,345

UP TO 1 YEAR

$50,750

$55,825

Source: Robert Half 2009 Salary Guide

PUBLIC ACCOUNTING

Non-CPA salaries can reach:

CPA salaries can reach:

SENIOR MANAGER / DIRECTOR

$159,333

$175,267

MANAGER

$111,667

$122,833

SENIOR

$86,083

$94,692

1 TO 3 YEARS

$69,167

$76,083

UP TO 1 YEAR

$59,583

$65,542

Source: Robert Half 2009 Salary Guide

#2 Job Security

If you are up for a raise against someone with equal background, work ethic, experience, but you have your CPA License, you bet that promotion is yours! Firms invest thousands of dollars into helping you take and pass the CPA Exam because they highly value this designation.


When the market tanked in 2008, the accounting industry was hit like everyone else. While they didnt suffer as bad as some industries, the first people laid off were typically non-CPAs up for management.


#3 Benefits in Non-Public Accounting

If you intend to take the non-Big 4 or public route, you may be thinking, why bother getting my CPA? Well friend, there are still many reasons including the two already listed. Even in industry or government accounting, you can be selected for high level positions with a higher salary ceiling. Having your CPA License will put you ahead of your co-workers.


#4 Impressions that follow CPAs

As a CPA, there is a certain reputation that follows. The AICPA has maintained high standards for this exam, which is why people all over the world come to the United States to become an American CPA: it says something.


Having your CPA says that you are a hard worker, have a certain level of aptitude, and have reached a bar that many fail to grasp.


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