Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Salary | Roger CPA Review

Average CPA Salary

Average CPA Salary

Of the many advantages a CPA license can provide in the accounting profession, one of the most desirable is increased salary. To determine just how much a CPA license can impact your career, we’ve compiled this at-a-glance guide to show the contributing factors of salary differences.

Factors that Determine CPA Salary

In its 2017 salary guide, the finance recruitment firm Robert Half International stated that accounting professionals with a professional certification or master's degree make 5% to 15% more, on average, with a CPA being the most desired credential.

Years’ Experience

Earning your accounting degree allows you to jump into the profession in a variety of industries with a solid starting salary. But did you know obtaining your CPA license can open up the door to more promotions, managerial opportunities, and a higher salary? On average, CPAs earn 5-10% more than their uncertified counterparts.

Company Size

The size of a company can play a large role in salary potential. Given that national firms have bigger clients, and thus higher revenue, it makes sense that they are able to offer their employees higher salaries than small companies.

If salary is an important factor in your career goals, you may choose to maximize your earning potential by working at a Big 4 firm. Keep in mind though that this may mean longer work weeks! If other factors, such as work/life balance, rank higher than salary for you, you may be more satisfied at a midsize or small company.

On average, Large company starting salaries range from $49,750-$68,425; Midsize company starting salaries range from $45,750-$66,412; and Small company starting salaries range from $48,037-$66,412.

Regardless of the size of your employer, having your CPA license will always earn you significantly more than before you become certified!

The charts below show the effects that company size, CPA licensure, and years’ experience can have on salary.

Large Company Salaries ($250+ million in revenue)

 

GENERAL ACCOUNTANT

LICENSED CPA

MANAGER

$       92,750-$128,250

$  97,387.50-$147,487

SENIOR

$       75,000-$95,750

$  78,750.00 -$110,112

1-3 YEARS

$       58,750-$75,750

$  61,687.50-$87,112

UP TO 1 YEAR

$       49,750 -$59,500

$  52,237.50-$68,425

 

Midsize Company Salaries ($25-$250 million in revenue)

 

GENERAL ACCOUNTANT

LICENSED CPA

MANAGER

$       81,750-106,250

$  85,837-$122,187

SENIOR

$       66,500-$87,500

$  69,825-$100,625

1-3 YEARS

$       54,000-$71,000

$  56,700-$81,650

UP TO 1 YEAR

$       45,750-$57,750

$  48,037-$66,412

 

Small Company Salaries (up to $25 million in revenue)

 

GENERAL ACCOUNTANT

LICENSED CPA

MANAGER

$       73,000-$97,000

$  76,650-$111,550

SENIOR

$       63,250-$76,250

$  66,412-$87,687

1-3 YEARS

$       50,000-$64,250

$  52,500-$73,887

UP TO 1 YEAR

$       44,250-$51,250

$  46,462-$58,937