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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Accountant and Auditor Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$43,020
25th Percentile Wage
$54,250
50th Percentile Wage
$69,350
75th Percentile Wage
$91,770
90th Percentile Wage
$122,220

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 $122,220. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $69,350. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $43,020. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 184% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of accountants and auditors from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$69,350
1.73% 8.36%
2016
$68,150
1.41% -
2015
$67,190
1.86% -
2014
$65,940
1.30% -
2013
$65,080
2.35% -
2012
$63,550
- -

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 $79,890. The lowest paying sector is the accommodation and food services sector (annual salary $56,980).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Mining
$79,890
Utilities
$77,710
Information
$75,860
Finance and Insurance
$74,140
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$72,160
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$70,570
Manufacturing
$69,700
Wholesale Trade
$69,670
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$68,910
Construction
$67,620
Transportation and Warehousing
$67,410
Federal, State, and Local Government
$67,140
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$67,020
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$66,910
Retail Trade
$65,840
Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting
$63,660
Health Care and Social Assistance
$62,570
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$62,000
Educational Services
$61,440
Accommodation and Food Services
$56,980

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 $32,470 to $89,950. The highest paying state for accountants and auditors is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $89,950. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $32,470. 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
$89,950
New Jersey
$82,310
New York
$82,090
Rhode Island
$77,070
Virginia
$75,750
Alaska
$75,400
California
$75,130
Connecticut
$74,880
Massachusetts
$73,680
Texas
$72,980
Maryland
$72,900
Delaware
$72,780
Colorado
$70,300
Illinois
$69,670
North Carolina
$68,180
Vermont
$67,970
Pennsylvania
$67,490
Washington
$67,440
Georgia
$67,420
New Hampshire
$66,940
Michigan
$66,110
Minnesota
$65,060
Ohio
$64,520
Oklahoma
$63,850
Oregon
$63,110
Missouri
$63,000
Alabama
$62,970
Utah
$62,890
West Virginia
$62,810
Arizona
$62,480
Wisconsin
$62,020
Indiana
$61,600
Nevada
$61,600
Maine
$61,580
Florida
$61,530
South Dakota
$61,520
Tennessee
$60,440
Wyoming
$60,430
Louisiana
$60,430
Iowa
$60,310
Montana
$60,310
Hawaii
$60,300
Arkansas
$59,400
Kentucky
$59,250
New Mexico
$59,170
Nebraska
$59,030
Kansas
$58,910
Idaho
$58,860
North Dakota
$58,530
South Carolina
$57,990
Mississippi
$55,310
Virgin Islands
$49,270
Guam
$43,340
Puerto Rico
$32,470



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