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How much salary can be expected by a CPA with no experience at all?

I am on my path to become a CPA, And Im not sure if I could get a job easily with no experience, but if somehow I manage to get a job, then how much should I expect to get paid? P.S- I have a master's degree in Commerce, my grades are not that high though, just about average.


Gerard van Stijn
Title: Head of Finance
Company: Simon Lévelt B.V.
(Head of Finance, Simon Lévelt B.V.) |

I hate to break it to you, but you need to learn to start giving a lot more detail if you ask such questions.

Salary depends on many factors. Location, private or government job, cpa firm or not. If a cpa firm, big 4 or smaller. And so on. A cpa job with a local city government in a small town in Wyoming wil give you a vastly different salary than a big four vpa job in New York City.

(Representative ) |

Well, most probably in the state of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia to be precise.
Other than that I don't know where I'll end up.

Chris Shumate
Title: Accounting Manager
Company: Dominion Development Group, LLC
LinkedIn Profile
(Accounting Manager, Dominion Development Group, LLC) |

Robert Half has a great salary guide that I believe could help. It can be analyzed based on your location as well as the other items Gerard mentions above. If you use it keep in mind the salaries listed in it are based on national averages. You'll need to refer to your location and multiply that factor by the national average.

John Carbone
Title: Managing Partner
Company: Tereo Wealth Management Group
(Managing Partner, Tereo Wealth Management Group) |

My son just completed his undergraduate degree in accounting in May as well as an internship with one of the Big Four accounting firms over the summer in Boston. He had already started his MS in accounting while an undergrad. At the conclusion of the internship he was offered a position with the firm for $57k with the expectation that he will start sometime in summer of 2016.

Ross Anderson, CPA, MBA
Title: Controller
Company: TFS Capital
(Controller, TFS Capital) |

In most states, you have to have one year at least of experience to get your CPA. Once you get it, I think you can expect $60+. As a first year associate, with no CPA yet, probably around 50k in most markets, more in larger markets.


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