How much does an Accountant make in the United States?

Average base salary

11.7k salaries reported, updated at Oct 18, 2020
per year

The average salary for a accountant is $54,778 per year in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Food provided
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Disability insurance
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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

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Where can an Accountant earn more?

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More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Certification categories:
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Certified Internal Auditor
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Certified Government Financial Manager
6Company icon
Certified Fraud Examiner
8Company icon
Certified Defense Financial Manager
3Company icon
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Top skill
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Regulatory Reporting
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Financial Concepts
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Private Equity
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Financial Analysis
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Financial Management
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License categories:
Top license
Job openings
1,186 jobs
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Field of study categories:
Top field of study
Job openings
Accounting Degree
2,880 jobs
4,597Company icon
Finance Degree
1,032 jobs
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Most common benefits for Accountants

  • Food provided
  • Professional development assistance
  • Parental leave
  • Relocation assistance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • 401(k) matching
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Life insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
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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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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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