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Accountant and Auditor Salary in Sector of Federal, State, and Local Government

The salary statistics of accountants and auditors in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare accountant and auditor salaries in different industries within the federal, state, and local government sector.

Average Annual Salary of Accountants and Auditors

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$41,510
25th Percentile Wage
$51,530
50th Percentile Wage
$67,140
75th Percentile Wage
$86,710
90th Percentile Wage
$107,300

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for accountants and auditors in the industry sector of federal, state, and local government. 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 $107,300. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $67,140. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid accountants and auditors is $41,510.

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 federal, state, and local government from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$67,140
1.88% 8.74%
2016
$65,880
1.28% -
2015
$65,040
2.23% -
2014
$63,590
1.38% -
2013
$62,710
2.30% -
2012
$61,270
- -

Compare Accountant and Auditor Salary in Different Industries within the Federal, State, and Local Government Sector

The average salaries of accountants and auditors in eight industries in the federal, state, and local government 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 federal executive branch (oes designation) industry with an annual salary $94,790. The lowest paying industry is the state government, including schools and hospitals industry (annual salary $59,120). For detailed accountant and auditor salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$94,790
Federal government, including USPS
$94,460
Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$67,140
Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$65,040
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$63,220
Local government, including schools and hospitals
$62,740
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$59,490
State government, including schools and hospitals
$59,120

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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