Accountant and Auditor Salary in Sector of Finance and Insurance

The salary statistics of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of finance and insurance are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare accountant and auditor salaries in different industries within the finance and insurance sector.

Average Annual Salary of Accountants and Auditors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for accountants and auditors in the industry sector of finance and insurance. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) accountants and auditors is $128,970. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $72,950. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid accountants and auditors is $44,300.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of finance and insurance from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth

Compare Accountant and Auditor Salary in Different Industries within the Finance and Insurance Sector

The average salaries of accountants and auditors in 20 industries in the finance and insurance sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for accountant and auditor occupations is the securities and commodity exchanges industry with an annual salary $89,720. The lowest paying industry is the other insurance related activities industry (annual salary $63,850). For detailed accountant and auditor salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Securities and Commodity Exchanges
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
Other Investment Pools and Funds
Other Financial Investment Activities
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
Nondepository Credit Intermediation
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
Insurance Carriers
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
Depository Credit Intermediation
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
Other Insurance Related Activities

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].


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