Accountants & auditors

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Total Workforce

1.96M

Average Age

44.1

Average Salary

$78,740

Average Male Salary

$97,939

Average Female Salary

$66,432

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Accountants & auditors and on wages and locations for those in the field. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services is the industry that employs the most Accountants & auditors, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Accountants & auditors, by average wage, is Prefabricated wood buildings & mobile homes. Accountants & auditors are paid most in San Jose City (Southeast/Evergreen) PUMA, CA but are relatively concentrated in Lake View & Lincoln Park PUMA, IL.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$78,740

AVERAGE SALARY

± $1,303

In 2018, Accountants & auditors earned an average of $78,740, $24,851 more than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Advertising sales agents make somewhat more than Accountants & auditors while Insurance underwriters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Accountants & auditors as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.385

WAGE GINI

In 2018, Accountants & auditors had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.385, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Accountants & auditors (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Accountants & auditors.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Accountants & auditors.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Accountants & auditors, by number of employees, are Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, Construction, and Banking & related activities.

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Industries by Share

1.96M

2018 Workforce

± 34,181

0.121%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 2.46%

The number of people employed as Accountants & auditors has been growing at a rate of 0.121%, from 1,961,730 people in 2017 to 1,964,095 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Accountants & auditors employed by various industries. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services employs the largest share of Accountants & auditors at  22.6%, followed by Construction with 3.83% and Banking & related activities with 3.55%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Accountants & auditors in the US. The average age of male Accountants & auditors in the workforce is 43.4 and of female Accountants & auditors is 44.7, and the most common race/ethnicity for Accountants & auditors is White.

Gender Composition

767k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 21,450

1.2M

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 26,751

60.9% of Accountants & auditors are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Accountants & auditors.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Accountants & auditors

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

74.8% of Accountants & auditors are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% of Accountants & auditors, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Accountants & auditors.

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Age by Gender

43.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.398

44.7

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 0.285

The median age of Accountants & auditors is 44.1, and Male employees are generally 1.3 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Accountants & auditors from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Accountants & auditors is Business but a relatively high number of Accountants & auditors hold a major in Business.

Majors

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Accountants & auditors from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accountants & auditors need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Writing. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Accountants & auditors need more than the average amount of Operations Analysis, Management of Financial Resources, and Mathematics.

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