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Accountant and Auditor Salary Information

The salary statistics of accountants and auditors are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of accountants and auditors within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The accountants and auditors annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Accountant and Auditor Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$42,140
25th Percentile Wage
$53,240
50th Percentile Wage
$68,150
75th Percentile Wage
$90,670
90th Percentile Wage
$120,910

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for accountants and auditors. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) accountants and auditors is $120,910. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $68,150. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $42,140. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 186% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201668,1501.41%6.75%
201567,1901.86%-
201465,9401.30%-
201365,0802.35%-
201263,550--

Table 2. Accountant and Auditor Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of accountants and auditors in 20 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for accountants and auditors occupations is the mining sector with an annual salary $79,160. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $55,900).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$79,160
Utilities
$75,590
Information
$74,900
Finance and Insurance
$72,950
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$70,790
Wholesale Trade
$69,460
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$69,260
Manufacturing
$69,040
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$67,060
Construction
$66,910
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,070
Federal, State, and Local Government
$65,880
Transportation and Warehousing
$65,810
Retail Trade
$65,800
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$65,590
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$63,570
Health Care and Social Assistance
$61,230
Educational Services
$60,480
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$60,370
Accommodation and Food Services
$55,900

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Accountants and Auditors by States

From the above tables we note that not only accountants and auditors salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of accountants and auditors in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $32,140 to $86,460. The highest paying state for accountants and auditors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $86,460. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,140. For more salary information of accountants and auditors profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$86,460
New York
$80,440
New Jersey
$80,400
Alaska
$75,670
Virginia
$74,610
Rhode Island
$74,520
Massachusetts
$74,500
California
$74,170
Connecticut
$74,100
Maryland
$74,030
Texas
$71,470
Delaware
$70,890
Colorado
$69,060
Georgia
$68,990
Illinois
$67,070
North Carolina
$66,530
Pennsylvania
$66,380
New Hampshire
$66,150
Vermont
$65,410
Washington
$65,290
Michigan
$64,790
Minnesota
$64,150
Ohio
$63,980
Missouri
$63,800
Utah
$63,070
Oregon
$62,230
Alabama
$61,890
Idaho
$61,450
Wisconsin
$61,210
Oklahoma
$61,030
Florida
$60,970
Indiana
$60,700
South Dakota
$60,310
Nevada
$60,290
Montana
$59,490
Louisiana
$59,470
Arizona
$59,340
Iowa
$59,250
Maine
$59,250
Arkansas
$59,150
Tennessee
$59,130
West Virginia
$59,110
Nebraska
$58,740
New Mexico
$58,550
Kansas
$58,490
Wyoming
$58,370
Hawaii
$57,550
Kentucky
$57,320
South Carolina
$56,230
North Dakota
$55,530
Mississippi
$52,540
Virgin Islands
$48,020
Guam
$41,470
Puerto Rico
$32,140


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