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
$45,010
25th Percentile Wage
$56,820
50th Percentile Wage
$74,140
75th Percentile Wage
$99,060
90th Percentile Wage
$132,350

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 $132,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $74,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid accountants and auditors is $45,010.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of finance and insurance from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$74,140
1.61% 10.26%
2016
$72,950
1.63% -
2015
$71,760
3.36% -
2014
$69,350
0.94% -
2013
$68,700
3.16% -
2012
$66,530
- -

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

The average salaries of accountants and auditors in 22 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 $66,300). 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
$89,720
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage
$85,320
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities
$81,740
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$80,560
Monetary Authorities-Central Bank
$80,560
Other Financial Investment Activities
$78,740
Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$76,470
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation
$73,180
Other Investment Pools and Funds
$72,390
Direct Insurance (except Life, Health, and Medical) Carriers
$72,140
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$72,060
Other Nondepository Credit Intermediation
$71,830
Funds, Trusts, and Other Financial Vehicles
$71,390
Insurance Carriers
$71,310
Insurance Agencies and Brokerages
$70,420
Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$70,240
Insurance and Employee Benefit Funds
$70,160
Credit Intermediation and Related Activities
$69,950
Direct Health and Medical Insurance Carriers
$69,190
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities
$68,630
Depository Credit Intermediation
$67,990
Other Insurance Related Activities
$66,300

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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