Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2011

13-2011 Accountants and Auditors

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. Excludes "Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents" (13-2081).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,085,150 0.5 % $33.72 $70,130 0.2 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $19.06 $23.52 $30.22 $40.01 $52.82
Annual Wage (2) $39,640 $48,920 $62,850 $83,210 $109,870


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 284,070 34.22 $36.09 $75,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises 78,040 4.10 $33.72 $70,150
Local Government (OES Designation) 40,240 0.73 $29.03 $60,380
State Government (OES Designation) 38,430 1.69 $26.93 $56,020
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 26,030 2.47 $37.08 $77,130

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 284,070 34.22 $36.09 $75,060
Other Investment Pools and Funds 2,770 7.06 $37.72 $78,460
Other Financial Investment Activities 17,290 5.04 $40.06 $83,320
Office Administrative Services 18,880 4.67 $33.06 $68,760
Land Subdivision 2,100 4.39 $33.48 $69,630

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Drycleaning and Laundry Services 310 0.10 $43.88 $91,260
Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation) 23,700 1.15 $43.24 $89,930
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 480 1.01 $42.45 $88,290
Securities and Commodity Contracts Intermediation and Brokerage 7,730 1.67 $41.07 $85,420
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills (8) (8) $40.82 $84,900


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 121,590 8.66 1.02 $36.02 $74,910
New York 92,630 10.99 1.30 $40.90 $85,070
Texas 83,560 8.11 0.96 $33.71 $70,120
Florida 71,420 9.99 1.18 $31.46 $65,440
Pennsylvania 51,730 9.32 1.10 $33.97 $70,650




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 9,820 15.23 1.80 $41.36 $86,030
Colorado 29,760 13.66 1.61 $34.76 $72,300
Delaware 4,520 11.19 1.32 $31.78 $66,100
New York 92,630 10.99 1.30 $40.90 $85,070
Massachusetts 33,370 10.57 1.25 $36.75 $76,430




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 9,820 15.23 1.80 $41.36 $86,030
New York 92,630 10.99 1.30 $40.90 $85,070
New Jersey 34,380 9.12 1.08 $39.06 $81,250
Massachusetts 33,370 10.57 1.25 $36.75 $76,430
Maryland 23,220 9.36 1.11 $36.36 $75,630





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 64,450 12.73 1.51 $43.13 $89,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 35,840 9.37 1.11 $35.72 $74,290
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 30,190 13.07 1.54 $40.35 $83,930
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 29,190 8.15 0.96 $35.94 $74,760
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 24,550 9.62 1.14 $35.72 $74,300
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 22,800 13.61 1.61 $38.02 $79,090
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 22,780 10.23 1.21 $34.96 $72,710
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 21,220 11.69 1.38 $37.84 $78,700
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 20,370 9.96 1.18 $35.62 $74,080
Denver-Aurora-Broomfield, CO 20,260 16.87 1.99 $36.14 $75,160