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What Does it Take to Be an Accountant or Auditor?

Occupation Description Examine, analyze, and interpret accounting records to prepare financial statements, give advice, or audit and evaluate statements prepared by others. Install or advise on systems of recording costs or other financial and budgetary data.

  • Auditor
  • Field Auditor
  • Auditor-In-Charge
  • Account Auditor
  • Financial Auditor

Accountant or Auditor Job Outlook

There were about 1,397,700 jobs for Accountants and Auditors in 2016 (in the United States).

New jobs are being produced at a rate of 10% which is lower than average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 139,900 new jobs for Accountants and Auditors by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 141,800 job openings in this field each year.

Forecasted Number of Jobs for Accountants and Auditors in U.S.

The states with the most job growth for Accountants and Auditors are Texas, New York, and California.

Watch out if you plan on working in Maine, Alaska, or Wyoming. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for Accountants and Auditors

Accountants and Auditors Make between $43,650 and $122,840 a year. The median salary for this occupation is $70,500.

Salary Ranges for Accountants and Auditors

How much do Accountants and Auditors make in different U.S. states?

Annual Mean Salary by State
State Annual Mean Salary

District of Columbia

$98,130

New York

$96,300

New Jersey

$90,400

Virginia

$85,640

Connecticut

$84,890

California

$84,430

Alaska

$82,920

Maryland

$82,610

Colorado

$82,320

Massachusetts

$81,460

Rhode Island

$81,090

Illinois

$81,060

Texas

$80,200

Washington

$78,970

Delaware

$78,120

North Carolina

$76,880

Georgia

$75,930

Vermont

$75,360

Pennsylvania

$75,250

Michigan

$74,370

Oklahoma

$73,040

New Hampshire

$72,690

Minnesota

$72,480

Ohio

$72,370

Florida

$71,790

Oregon

$71,450

Utah

$70,980

Maine

$70,810

Indiana

$70,780

Alabama

$70,310

Missouri

$70,240

Tennessee

$69,690

Arizona

$69,190

Wisconsin

$68,410

West Virginia

$68,160

Nebraska

$67,920

Arkansas

$67,700

Kentucky

$67,080

Iowa

$67,030

Louisiana

$66,860

Nevada

$66,600

Kansas

$66,530

Montana

$66,410

New Mexico

$66,370

Wyoming

$66,180

Idaho

$66,110

South Dakota

$65,800

Hawaii

$65,580

South Carolina

$64,750

Mississippi

$62,850

North Dakota

$61,870

Where do Accountants and Auditors Work?

Accountant or Auditor Sectors

References

Bureau of Labor Statistics

College Factual

O*NET Online

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