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Accountant salary in United States

How much does an Accountant make in the United States?

Average base salary

$53,668
Non-cash benefit
401(k)
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The average salary for a accountant is $53,668 per year in the United States. 17.8k salaries reported, updated at November 23, 2022

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Top companies for Accountants in United States

  1. Department of Labor
    3.9star
    136 reviews5 salaries reported
    $107,670per year
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Highest paying cities for Accountants near United States

  1. Denver, CO
    $57,587 per year
    557 salaries reported
  2. Houston, TX
    $55,050 per year
    511 salaries reported
  3. Phoenix, AZ
    $54,890 per year
    194 salaries reported
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Where can an Accountant earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Accountants

Top certifications
Certified Internal Auditor
+48.58%salary
Top skills
Regulatory Reporting
+30.93%salary
Top licenses
CPA
+29.14%salary

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Most common benefits for Accountants

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 2,144 ratings

55% of Accountants in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Staff Accountant

67,110 job openings

Average $56,527 per year

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Common questions about salaries for an Accountant

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What kind of accountants get paid the most?

Accountants that are paid most are:

  • Chief financial officer
  • Controller
  • Accounting director
  • Finance manager
  • Senior accountant
  • Tax accountant
  • Accounts payable specialist
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