How Much do Accountants Make?

Do accountants make a lot of money? What is the average pay for accountants?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants in the United States earn an average of $79,520 a year, equivalent to $38.23 an hour. Accountants make 49% more than the average American worker.

Accountants in New York are the best paid, making $98,650 a year, while accountants in North Dakota make the least at $64,260.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
  • This category also includes auditors
Accountant Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $59.83 $124,450
75th $45.36 $94,340
50th $34.40 $71,550
25th $26.88 $55,900
10th $21.39 $44,480
Accountant Wages by State

In what states do accountants make the most? In what states do accountants make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $34.67 $72,120
Alaska $38.13 $79,300
Arizona $35.31 $73,450
Arkansas $31.95 $66,450
California $40.34 $83,910
Colorado $39.87 $82,930
Connecticut $40.23 $83,680
Delaware $38.47 $80,010
Florida $34.92 $72,630
Georgia $38.31 $79,690
Hawaii $31.74 $66,020
Idaho $31.46 $65,440
Illinois $37.33 $77,640
Indiana $34.47 $71,690
Iowa $33.41 $69,480
Kansas $33.07 $68,780
Kentucky $32.53 $67,660
Louisiana $31.84 $66,230
Maine $33.70 $70,090
Maryland $39.38 $81,920
Massachusetts $40.29 $83,800
Michigan $36.14 $75,170
Minnesota $35.38 $73,590
Mississippi $31.45 $65,420
Missouri $33.25 $69,160
Montana $31.81 $66,170
Nebraska $33.86 $70,420
Nevada $32.70 $68,030
New Hampshire $34.98 $72,750
New Jersey $44.21 $91,960
New Mexico $31.14 $64,770
New York $47.43 $98,650
North Carolina $37.74 $78,500
North Dakota $30.90 $64,260
Ohio $35.28 $73,380
Oklahoma $35.64 $74,130
Oregon $35.18 $73,180
Pennsylvania $36.88 $76,720
Rhode Island $40.07 $83,340
South Carolina $32.57 $67,740
South Dakota $32.44 $67,470
Tennessee $34.36 $71,460
Texas $38.15 $79,360
Utah $32.96 $68,560
Vermont $35.88 $74,640
Virginia $41.21 $85,720
Washington $39.41 $81,970
West Virginia $32.37 $67,340
Wisconsin $34.26 $71,260
Wyoming $31.90 $66,360
Metro Areas Where Accountants Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
New York, NY $49.08 $102,090
Salinas, CA $46.94 $97,640
Washington, DC $45.95 $95,570
San Francisco, CA $45.00 $93,590
Bridgeport, CT $44.60 $92,770
California-Lexington Park, MD $44.06 $91,630
Midland, MI $43.69 $90,880
San Jose, CA $43.63 $90,750
Trenton, NJ $42.51 $88,430
Boulder, CO $42.26 $87,910
Accountant Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $38.23 $79,520
2018 $37.89 $78,820
2017 $37.46 $77,920
2016 $36.89 $76,730
2015 $36.19 $75,280
2014 $35.42 $73,670
2013 $34.86 $72,500
2012 $34.15 $71,040
2011 $33.72 $70,130