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Highest Paying States for Accountants and Auditors

The highest paying states 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 of accountants and auditors in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $86,460, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for accountants and auditors. It is followed by New York (average annual salary $80,440). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of accountants and auditors in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Accountants and Auditors

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 District of Columbia
$86,460
$52,380 11,080
2 New York
$80,440
$46,910 108,800
3 New Jersey
$80,400
$53,050 36,640
4 Alaska
$75,670
$51,750 2,350
5 Virginia
$74,610
$48,620 40,220
6 Rhode Island
$74,520
$49,220 4,550
7 Massachusetts
$74,500
$49,420 35,730
8 California
$74,170
$45,670 147,320
9 Connecticut
$74,100
$48,260 15,480
10 Maryland
$74,030
$46,500 26,510
11 Texas
$71,470
$42,960 118,320
12 Delaware
$70,890
$47,450 5,890
13 Colorado
$69,060
$42,140 34,150
14 Georgia
$68,990
$41,860 36,360
15 Illinois
$67,070
$40,660 51,350
16 North Carolina
$66,530
$44,550 31,080
17 Pennsylvania
$66,380
$42,530 52,590
18 New Hampshire
$66,150
$45,000 4,780
19 Vermont
$65,410
$43,180 3,050
20 Washington
$65,290
$43,060 27,370
21 Michigan
$64,790
$41,570 30,510
22 Minnesota
$64,150
$43,410 27,130
23 Ohio
$63,980
$41,420 42,890
24 Missouri
$63,800
$37,580 24,130
25 Utah
$63,070
$39,810 10,600
26 Oregon
$62,230
$42,200 12,050
27 Alabama
$61,890
$40,120 15,360
28 Idaho
$61,450
$38,190 3,970
29 Wisconsin
$61,210
$41,400 21,300
30 Oklahoma
$61,030
$37,260 14,150
31 Florida
$60,970
$37,600 75,640
32 Indiana
$60,700
$37,800 20,010
33 South Dakota
$60,310
$43,850 4,540
34 Nevada
$60,290
$39,040 7,610
35 Montana
$59,490
$37,400 3,140
36 Louisiana
$59,470
$39,800 11,010
37 Arizona
$59,340
$38,090 20,200
38 Iowa
$59,250
$37,850 9,630
39 Maine
$59,250
$41,670 4,390
40 Arkansas
$59,150
$37,050 5,980
41 Tennessee
$59,130
$37,890 16,430
42 West Virginia
$59,110
$36,110 3,840
43 Nebraska
$58,740
$38,700 8,700
44 New Mexico
$58,550
$38,500 6,580
45 Kansas
$58,490
$37,150 12,010
46 Wyoming
$58,370
$42,400 1,840
47 Hawaii
$57,550
$38,290 4,840
48 Kentucky
$57,320
$34,690 10,610
49 South Carolina
$56,230
$33,940 14,470
50 North Dakota
$55,530
$36,060 3,870
51 Mississippi
$52,540
$30,510 5,480
52 Virgin Islands
$48,020
$29,850 400
53 Guam
$41,470
$28,220 520
54 Puerto Rico
$32,140
$19,770 8,990
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