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Highest Paying Industries for Accountants and Auditors

The top 100 highest paying industries for accountants and auditors (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $90,490, federal executive branch (oes designation) is the highest paying industry for accountants and auditors. It is followed by federal government, including usps industry (average annual salary $90,350). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of accountants and auditors in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Accountants and Auditors

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$90,490
22,970
2 Federal government, including USPS
$90,350
23,560
3 Exterminating and Pest Control Services
$87,340
170
4 Manufacturing and Reproducing Magnetic and Optical Media
$86,750
280
5 Securities and Commodity Exchanges
$84,870
160
6 Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$83,010
6,680
7 Software Publishers
$82,920
6,510
8 Postal Service (federal government)
$82,180
590
9 Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$80,510
680
10 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$80,190
3,490
11 Jewelry, Luggage, and Leather Goods Stores
$80,110
620
12 Motion Picture and Video Industries
$78,980
3,070
13 Motion Picture and Sound Recording Industries
$78,120
3,380
14 Other Information Services
$77,990
2,760
15 Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers
$77,950
410
16 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$77,300
7,030
17 Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$76,990
31,520
18 Rail Transportation
$76,810
720
19 Scientific Research and Development Services
$76,570
7,720
20 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$76,210
1,300
21 Metal Ore Mining
$76,100
200
22 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$75,810
11,170
23 Natural Gas Distribution
$75,620
1,900
24 Other Financial Investment Activities
$75,330
24,680
25 Wired Telecommunications Carriers
$75,050
5,150
26 Information
$74,440
31,060
27 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$74,370
12,710
28 Telecommunications
$74,260
7,720
29 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$74,090
2,710
30 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$73,930
3,690
31 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$73,830
1,160
32 Satellite Telecommunications
$73,700
190
33 Support Activities for Mining
$73,410
3,150
34 Other Investment Pools and Funds
$73,330
400
35 Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$73,280
620
36 Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$73,180
220
37 Cable and Other Subscription Programming
$73,030
600
38 Utilities
$72,780
6,560
39 Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$72,700
4,120
40 Pharmacies and Drug Stores
$72,410
950
41 Local Messengers and Local Delivery
$72,140
150
42 Other Pipeline Transportation
$72,140
120
43 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$72,120
4,300
44 Mining
$72,110
12,530
45 Specialized Design Services
$71,840
1,480
46 Oil and Gas Extraction
$71,780
8,440
47 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$71,750
3,180
48 Sound Recording Industries
$71,610
310
49 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$71,590
20,380
50 Apparel, Piece Goods, and Notions Merchant Wholesalers
$71,470
2,000
51 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$71,220
900
52 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$71,180
710
53 Automobile Dealers
$71,110
6,930
54 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$71,110
4,850
55 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$71,100
380
56 Specialty Food Stores
$71,090
280
57 Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
$71,070
6,620
58 Book Stores and News Dealers
$70,980
70
59 Research and Development in the Social Sciences and Humanities
$70,800
690
60 Engineering Services
$70,650
11,380
61 Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$70,650
8,650
62 Labor Unions and Similar Labor Organizations
$70,480
1,540
63 Household Appliances and Electrical and Electronic Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$70,170
3,790
64 Legal Services
$70,140
8,250
65 Nonscheduled Air Transportation
$70,080
310
66 Lessors of Real Estate
$70,070
8,590
67 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$70,040
1,020
68 Broadcasting (except Internet)
$69,920
2,510
69 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$69,890
8,310
70 Forging and Stamping
$69,810
610
71 Mining (except Oil and Gas)
$69,780
940
72 Chemical Manufacturing
$69,740
7,790
73 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$69,480
15,620
74 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$69,470
280
75 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$69,460
2,070
76 General Rental Centers
$69,450
140
77 Television Broadcasting
$69,420
1,130
78 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$69,390
550
79 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$69,390
1,300
80 Investigation, Guard, and Armored Car Services
$69,350
700
81 Finance and Insurance
$69,350
98,710
82 Personal and Household Goods Repair and Maintenance
$69,340
160
83 Data Processing, Hosting, and Related Services
$69,330
3,520
84 Personal Care Services
$69,260
260
85 Motor Vehicle and Parts Dealers
$69,240
8,380
86 Drugs and Druggists' Sundries Merchant Wholesalers
$69,220
2,030
87 Health and Personal Care Stores
$69,190
1,440
88 Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying
$69,160
450
89 Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$69,140
440
90 Other Miscellaneous Store Retailers
$68,900
900
91 Couriers and Messengers
$68,860
380
92 Automotive Body, Paint, Interior, and Glass Repair
$68,670
560
93 Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$68,650
280
94 Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$68,600
800
95 Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$68,580
27,590
96 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$68,570
3,400
97 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$68,550
740
98 Pipeline Transportation
$68,530
1,060
99 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$68,520
1,770
100 Radio and Television Broadcasting
$68,430
1,900
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