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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

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 Accountants and Auditors
Industry profile for Accountants and Auditors
Geographic profile for Accountants and Auditors

National estimates for Accountants and Auditors:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Accountants and Auditors:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
1,318,550 0.6 % $ 40.37 $ 83,980 0.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Accountants and Auditors:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 23.06 $ 29.21 $ 37.14 $ 47.98 $ 62.01
Annual Wage (2) $ 47,970 $ 60,760 $ 77,250 $ 99,800 $ 128,970


Industry profile for Accountants and Auditors:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Accountants and Auditors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 326,570 32.55 $ 41.66 $ 86,650
Management of Companies and Enterprises 104,760 4.12 $ 40.78 $ 84,820
Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 45,290 0.84 $ 35.51 $ 73,860
State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OEWS Designation) 42,240 1.92 $ 34.05 $ 70,830
Real Estate 38,290 2.29 $ 39.47 $ 82,090

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Accountants and Auditors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 326,570 32.55 $ 41.66 $ 86,650
Other Investment Pools and Funds 780 6.15 $ 40.27 $ 83,760
Lessors of Nonfinancial Intangible Assets (except Copyrighted Works) 1,040 5.37 $ 40.12 $ 83,450
Oil and Gas Extraction 5,490 5.15 $ 48.55 $ 100,980
Office Administrative Services 22,550 4.64 $ 39.96 $ 83,110

Top paying industries for Accountants and Auditors:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil 40 0.39 $ 59.25 $ 123,230
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing 2,770 1.78 $ 59.24 $ 123,210
Other Information Services 4,770 1.32 $ 54.28 $ 112,900
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 30,990 3.23 $ 51.74 $ 107,610
Federal Executive Branch (OEWS Designation) 22,260 1.06 $ 51.53 $ 107,170


Geographic profile for Accountants and Auditors:

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



Map of employment of accountants and auditors by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Accountants and Auditors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 151,320 9.15 0.98 $ 44.63 $ 92,840
New York 111,660 12.88 1.38 $ 50.86 $ 105,790
Texas 104,490 8.55 0.91 $ 41.28 $ 85,860
Florida 79,380 9.22 0.99 $ 36.69 $ 76,320
Pennsylvania 54,530 9.77 1.04 $ 38.08 $ 79,200


Map of location quotient of accountants and auditors by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Accountants and Auditors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 9,200 13.90 1.49 $ 53.00 $ 110,240
Colorado 36,060 13.76 1.47 $ 41.29 $ 85,880
South Dakota 5,530 13.12 1.40 $ 33.75 $ 70,190
Rhode Island 5,910 12.92 1.38 $ 42.48 $ 88,350
New York 111,660 12.88 1.38 $ 50.86 $ 105,790


Map of annual mean wages of accountants and auditors by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Accountants and Auditors:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
District of Columbia 9,200 13.90 1.49 $ 53.00 $ 110,240
New York 111,660 12.88 1.38 $ 50.86 $ 105,790
New Jersey 42,230 10.97 1.17 $ 47.09 $ 97,950
California 151,320 9.15 0.98 $ 44.63 $ 92,840
Massachusetts 38,140 11.23 1.20 $ 44.38 $ 92,310



Map of employment of accountants and auditors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Accountants and Auditors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 117,800 13.57 1.45 $ 52.56 $ 109,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 59,470 10.40 1.11 $ 43.13 $ 89,700
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 41,850 14.27 1.52 $ 47.91 $ 99,640
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 38,800 9.17 0.98 $ 39.06 $ 81,250
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 34,070 9.49 1.01 $ 42.17 $ 87,720
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 32,300 12.50 1.34 $ 45.15 $ 93,910
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 29,440 11.09 1.19 $ 42.24 $ 87,870
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 29,260 11.30 1.21 $ 39.93 $ 83,050
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 28,800 9.94 1.06 $ 44.33 $ 92,200
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 26,060 10.63 1.14 $ 38.05 $ 79,140


Map of location quotient of accountants and auditors by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Accountants and Auditors:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Parkersburg-Vienna, WV 640 18.38 1.96 $ 39.34 $ 81,830
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 24,080 16.44 1.76 $ 42.42 $ 88,240
Birmingham-Hoover, AL 7,260 15.05 1.61 $ 36.62 $ 76,160
Jefferson City, MO 1,050 14.49 1.55 $ 37.99 $ 79,010
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 41,850 14.27 1.52 $ 47.91 $ 99,640
Bismarck, ND 980 14.03 1.50 $ 34.44 $ 71,640
Sioux Falls, SD 2,140 13.75 1.47 $ 35.30 $ 73,430
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 117,800 13.57 1.45 $ 52.56 $ 109,330
Montgomery, AL 2,080 13.49 1.44 $ 32.94 $ 68,510
Richmond, VA 8,250 13.37 1.43 $ 38.86 $ 80,830