Accountant Salary by City

Accountant Salary by City

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Because larger cities have more people and businesses, they produce more financial transactions that require accounting expertise. They thus have a higher average accounting salary than smaller cities and towns.

Highest Salaries

The U.S. Department of Labor states that the following metropolitan areas have the best mean accountant salaries as of 2012.  (Compare them to the standard accountant salary and CPA salary.) Note that all accounting salaries are far higher than the average wage for all workers in that location.

  1. New York Metro Area, including White Plains and Wayne, New Jersey. With over 11.7 million people, this is the largest urban area of the country.
    Average wages here run $59,550 per year, or $28.63 per hour, for over five million workers.
    The mean salary here for 65,730 accountants is $91,240 per year, or $43.87 per hour.
  2. Ocean City Metro Area, New Jersey, shows a population of 97,625.
    The 37,500 workers here average $39,730 per year, or $19.10 per hour.
    About 130 accountants average $87,740 yearly, or $42.19 hourly.
  3. Newark, New Jersey and Union, Pennsylvania, show a population of over 2.1 million.
    The 652,290 workers here average $54,320 per year, or $26.12 per hour.
    About 9,980 professionals average an accountant salary of $86,270 yearly, or $41.48 hourly.


Lowest Wages

The following three urban areas have the lowest mean accountant salaries. Though accountants make more than the average worker, the hourly difference between the pay of both is far smaller than in cities with the highest salaries.

  1. Jefferson City Metro Area, Missouri has a population of almost 149,870.
    Over 70,250 workers make a mean $37,760 per year, or $18.15 per hour.
    The average accountant salary is $47,820 yearly, or $22.99 hourly for 840 professionals.
  2. Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, West Virginia, have a population of 124,454.
    Mean wages for the 43,820 workers here are $35,740 per year, or $17.18 per hour.
    With only 190 accountants, this city has a mean accountant salary of $47,820 annually, or $23.23 hourly.
  3. St. George Metro Area, Utah,  has a population of over 142,200.
    The 47,410 workers here average an annual $35,320, or $16.98 hourly.
    The 330 accountants here get a mean $49,780 per year, or $23.93 per hour.

Selected Cities

The following table shows the employment and salaries for selected large metropolitan areas in the country. The columns show the name of the area, number of accountants, and their mean hourly and yearly pay. You can sort the information by clicking the column headers.

Area name Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage(2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia 26,870 $35.82 $74,510
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Massachusetts 29,560 $36.90 $76,760
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville. Illinois 33,750 $36.22 $75,340
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas 29,050 $35.92 $74,710
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, Colorado 19,940 $36.88 $76,710
Detroit-Warren-Livonia, Michigan 14,480 $34.93 $72,650
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, Texas 28,240 $37.43 $77,850
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, California 41,240 $36.31 $75,530
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida 25,860 $32.42 $67,430
Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and Bloomington, Wisconsin 18,010 $32.09 $66,740
New York-White Plains, New York, and -Wayne, New Jersey 65,730 $43.87 $91,240
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Camden, New Jersey, and Wilmington, Delaware 29,210 $37.16 $77,300
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, California 22,550 $40.06 $83,320
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, California 15,200 $36.19 $75,280
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington 15,550 $34.58 $71,920
Washington, DC, and Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia 32,190 $40.54 $84,320


References

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Accountants and Auditors


8 Responses to “Accountant Salary by City”

  1. Jeremy Ruggles from Internet Marketing Tips says:

    Hey Leo,

    Big cities are really where the money is…. I live in a much smaller town and would never see wages like that. I would be lucky to get $20 per hour around here as an accountant. There are a lot of smaller businesses around here though.

    Thanks,

    ~Jeremy
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    • alocsin says:

      Thanks for stopping by Jeremy. For many professions, big cities are definitely where the money is. But then, small towns perhaps offer a better quality of life, which is why many accountants move there.

  2. Rob from ShopSeekers says:

    I completely agree, this is the same in the UK also, I live in a small town called runcorn and there is hardly any well paid jobs here at all, its mostly retail work and factory jobs, all the head offices and big corporations are in big cities such as Manchester and Birmingham.

  3. Andy from Jack Hammer Slot says:

    Hi do you have any info on the salaries for accountants in London UK?

  4. Interesting to see Dept. of Labor statistics on accountant salaries. Of course, some accountants may have “cooked the books” to show a lower salary for tax purposes! :)
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  5. Because larger cities have more people and businesses, they produce more financial transactions that require accounting expertise. They thus have a higher average accounting salary than smaller cities and towns.

  6. Julia says:

    Nice post which three urban areas have the lowest mean accountant salary. Though accountants make more than the average worker, the hourly difference between the pay of both is far smaller than in cities with the highest salaries. Thanks a lot for posting.

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