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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 $89,950, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for accountants and auditors. It is followed by New Jersey (average annual salary $82,310). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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
$89,950
$54,690 10,860
2 New Jersey
$82,310
$53,840 37,110
3 New York
$82,090
$49,030 108,130
4 Rhode Island
$77,070
$52,540 4,400
5 Virginia
$75,750
$49,630 38,330
6 Alaska
$75,400
$51,410 2,180
7 California
$75,130
$47,720 143,670
8 Connecticut
$74,880
$50,610 14,490
9 Massachusetts
$73,680
$49,520 35,260
10 Texas
$72,980
$44,030 116,000
11 Maryland
$72,900
$46,800 26,230
12 Delaware
$72,780
$50,430 5,660
13 Colorado
$70,300
$43,210 34,540
14 Illinois
$69,670
$42,570 51,250
15 North Carolina
$68,180
$45,860 31,470
16 Vermont
$67,970
$46,390 3,120
17 Pennsylvania
$67,490
$43,660 52,150
18 Washington
$67,440
$43,660 30,460
19 Georgia
$67,420
$39,820 37,830
20 New Hampshire
$66,940
$46,050 5,040
21 Michigan
$66,110
$41,990 32,300
22 Minnesota
$65,060
$43,980 23,970
23 Ohio
$64,520
$41,770 44,500
24 Oklahoma
$63,850
$40,120 13,510
25 Oregon
$63,110
$42,750 12,200
26 Missouri
$63,000
$37,260 25,130
27 Alabama
$62,970
$41,150 15,770
28 Utah
$62,890
$39,150 9,770
29 West Virginia
$62,810
$38,010 3,760
30 Arizona
$62,480
$41,250 19,300
31 Wisconsin
$62,020
$42,580 22,090
32 Indiana
$61,600
$38,300 20,190
33 Nevada
$61,600
$40,730 7,830
34 Maine
$61,580
$42,470 4,150
35 Florida
$61,530
$37,940 73,910
36 South Dakota
$61,520
$44,750 4,410
37 Tennessee
$60,440
$39,410 18,300
38 Wyoming
$60,430
$42,630 1,750
39 Louisiana
$60,430
$40,490 10,380
40 Iowa
$60,310
$39,980 9,930
41 Montana
$60,310
$40,100 3,340
42 Hawaii
$60,300
$41,570 4,670
43 Arkansas
$59,400
$38,110 6,660
44 Kentucky
$59,250
$36,530 10,970
45 New Mexico
$59,170
$39,430 5,790
46 Nebraska
$59,030
$38,670 8,340
47 Kansas
$58,910
$37,310 12,390
48 Idaho
$58,860
$36,170 3,960
49 North Dakota
$58,530
$35,540 3,490
50 South Carolina
$57,990
$34,880 14,630
51 Mississippi
$55,310
$34,400 5,450
52 Virgin Islands
$49,270
$28,660 410
53 Guam
$43,340
$29,450 520
54 Puerto Rico
$32,470
$20,170 8,450
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