Average Accounting Salary in the US

There are 1.4 million accountants and auditors in the US, making accountancy one of the biggest and most important professions in the business service sector.

Accounting is generally considered a stable and well paid job. How well paid is that? Let’s take a look at the average accounting salary in the US.

Average Accountant Salary – An Overview

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017, the median accountant salary was $69,350:

US Accountant Salary

2017 Salary

Per hour rate







Low end*



High end*


$ $58.13

*Low end salary is the average level for junior, inexperienced accountants. High end is the one for senior and experienced accountants.

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