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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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|
|Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas||29,050||$35.92||$74,710|
|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|
|Washington, DC, and Arlington-Alexandria, Virginia||32,190||$40.54||$84,320|