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Accountants and Auditors in California

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Accountants and Auditors in California

Considering a career as an Accountant or Auditor in California?

10.9% Jobs Projection
$75,690 Median Salary
16,640 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Accountants and Auditors in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Accountants and Auditors in California is growing faster than average.

  • Accountants and Auditors in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Accountants and Auditors Work in California?

There were approximately 148,600 workers employed as Accountants and Auditors in this state in 2018.

There were 143,670 Accountants and Auditors employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 4,930 jobs between 2017 and 2018.

Accountants and Auditors in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 13,650 Accountants and Auditors working in it, which means California has more Accountants and Auditors than average.

Accountants and Auditors in CA vs. the Average State

Job Projections for California

Jobs for Accountants and Auditors in this state are growing at a rate of 10.9% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 10.0%.

Job Projections for Accountants and Auditors: Nation vs. CA

California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 16,640 annual job openings, and 179,700 total jobs in 2026 for Accountants and Auditors in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 141,800 annual jobs and 1,537,600 total jobs in 2026.

What do Accountants and Auditors Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Accountants and Auditors ranged from $47,190 to $127,520 with $75,690 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $22.69 to $61.31. The median hourly rate was $36.39.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $36.12 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate grew by $0.27.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.

Accountants and Auditors Earnings: CA vs. National Average

Top California Metros for Accountants and Auditors

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Accountants and Auditors.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 61,520 $73,680
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 26,730 $84,190
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 13,300 $83,110
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 11,040 $71,840
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 10,940 $76,240
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 6,180 $69,610
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 2,090 $77,220
Fresno, CA 1,860 $61,030
Santa Rosa, CA 1,630 $74,750
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 1,330 $73,210
Bakersfield, CA 1,310 $66,430
Stockton-Lodi, CA 970 $65,960
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 950 $76,080
Modesto, CA 790 $62,780
Salinas, CA 690 $79,030
Visalia-Porterville, CA 640 $67,620
Napa, CA 630 $77,750
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 590 $73,870
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 530 $72,050
Merced, CA 400 $70,950
Redding, CA 350 $61,980
Chico, CA 300 $59,030
El Centro, CA 240 $60,140
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 160 $66,210
Madera, CA 140 $66,510
Yuba City, CA 130 $66,080

Top States for Accountants and Auditors Employment

View the list below to see where most Accountants and Auditors work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 148,600 $75,690
Texas 115,270 $72,860
New York 110,780 $83,250
Florida 71,940 $62,270
Illinois 53,280 $71,470
Pennsylvania 51,720 $67,480
Ohio 45,670 $64,630
Virginia 41,230 $76,490
New Jersey 37,370 $81,190
Georgia 37,200 $68,870
Colorado 36,290 $72,940
Massachusetts 35,360 $74,890
Michigan 33,610 $65,850
North Carolina 33,020 $69,840
Washington 32,870 $70,600
Missouri 25,090 $63,640
Maryland 25,020 $74,030
Minnesota 22,960 $66,240
Wisconsin 22,610 $63,390
Indiana 20,100 $64,380

Below are the states where Accountants and Auditors get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $91,890
New York $83,250
New Jersey $81,190
Rhode Island $76,770
Virginia $76,490
Connecticut $76,450
California $75,690
Alaska $75,590
Massachusetts $74,890
Maryland $74,030

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