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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About the Author Stephanie Ng

I am the author of How to Pass The CPA Exam (published by Wiley), and I also passed all 4 sections of the CPA Exam on my first try. Additionally, I have led webinars, such as for the Institute of Management Accountants, authored featured articles on websites like Going Concern and AccountingWeb, and I'm also the CFO for the charity New Sight. Finally, I have created other accounting certification websites to help mentor non-CPA candidates. I have already mentored thousands of CPA, CMA, CIA, EA, and CFA candidates, and I can help you too!

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