CPA Salaries and Job Market

Demand is on the rise for talented accounting and finance professionals. According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics' (BLS) 2008 edition of its Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 18 percent by 2016, which is faster than average for all occupations they track. High demand for CPAs means career stability, better salaries, and a steady upward growth.

A CPA salary is pretty hard to beat. New industries, more sophisticated technologies, and expanding opportunities for the business add up to better opportunities for CPAs. Depending on firm size and location, the average starting salaries in public accounting range from $40,000 to $57,500. Those with a graduate degree and the CPA certification can expect to earn 10 to 15 percent extra then the average starting salaries.

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  • The latest salary ranges;
  • The hiring outlook;
  • In-depth regional salary analysis; and
  • Top skills in demand.

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