December 6, 2021

10 Cities Where Starting Pay In Public Accounting Will Be the Lowest In 2022

Earlier this week we gave you 10 cities where starting salaries in public accounting are expected to be on the very high end of the spectrum in 2022. Today we’re giving you 10 cities where starting pay in PA is expected to be on the very low end of the spectrum next year, according to the 2022 Robert Half Accounting & Finance Salary Guide.

These 10 cities aren’t hotbeds of public accounting, which is consistent with the projected starting salaries for each next year—they are well below the national average for the 10 jobs highlighted in Bob’s latest guide.

By now you know that the data below from Robert Half shows the national average -> the average starting salary for that city by percentile per position. There are three salary percentiles:

  • 25th percentile: New to the type of role, still acquiring relevant skills.
  • 50th percentile: Average experience, has most of the necessary skills.
  • 75th percentile: Above-average experience, has all needed skills.

Using the salary guide’s location tool and a list of the top 200 largest US cities by World Population Review, we were able to determine the following 10 lowest-paying cities for starting out in the meat grinder that is public accounting:

1. El Paso, TX

Salaries in El Paso are 28% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $82,440
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $101,880
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $122,400

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $65,340
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $79,200
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $92,160

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $45,000
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $54,360
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $63,000

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $35,820
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $44,280
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $50,940

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $29,520
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $36,180
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $42,840

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $81,360
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $100,620
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $116,640

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $55,440
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $69,300
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $79,380

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $39,600
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $49,500
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $56,700

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $33,120
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $40,860
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $46,440

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $29,520
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $36,360
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $41,760

2. Spokane, WA

Salaries in Spokane are 17% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $95,035
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $117,445
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $141,100

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $75,323
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $91,300
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $106,240

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $51,875
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $62,665
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $72,625

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $41,293
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $51,045
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $58,723

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,030
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $41,708
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $49,385

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $93,790
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $115,993
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $134,460

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $63,910
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $79,888
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $91,508

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $45,650
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $57,063
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $65,363

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $38,180
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $47,103
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $53,535

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,030
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $41,915
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $41,915

3. Fort Wayne, IN

Salaries in Fort Wayne are 16% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $96,180
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $118,860
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $142,800

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $76,230
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $92,400
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $107,520

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $52,500
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $63,420
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $73,500

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $41,790
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $51,660
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $59,430

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,440
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $42,210
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $49,980

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $94,920
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $117,390
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $136,080

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $64,680
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $80,850
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $92,610

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $46,200
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $57,750
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $66,150

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $38,640
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $47,670
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $54,180

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,440
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $42,420
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $48,720

4. Rockford, IL

Salaries in Rockford are 15% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $97,325
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $120,275
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $144,500

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $77,138
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $93,500
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $108,800

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $53,125
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $64,175
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $74,375

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $42,288
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $52,275
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $60,138

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,850
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $42,713
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $50,575

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $96,050
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $118,788
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $137,700

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $65,450
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $81,813
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $93,713

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $46,750
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $58,438
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $66,938

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $39,100
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $48,238
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $54,825

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $34,850
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $42,925
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $49,300

5. Grand Rapids, MI
6. Mobile, AL
7. Toledo, OH

Salaries in Grand Rapids, Mobile, and Toledo are 14% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $98,470
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $121,690
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $146,200

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $78,045
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $94,600
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $110,080

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $53,750
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $64,930
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $75,250

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $42,785
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $52,890
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $60,845

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $35,260
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $43,215
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $51,170

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $97,180
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $120,185
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $139,320

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $66,220
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $82,775
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $94,815

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $47,300
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $59,125
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $67,725

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $39,560
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $48,805
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $55,470

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $35,260
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $43,430
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $49,880

8. Sioux Falls, SD

Salaries in Sioux Falls are 12% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $100,760
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $124,520
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $149,600

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $79,860
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $96,800
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $112,640

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $55,000
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $66,440
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $77,000

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $43,780
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $54,120
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $62,260

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $36,080
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $44,220
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $52,360

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $99,440
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $122,980
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $142,560

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $67,760
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $84,700
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $97,020

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $48,400
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $60,500
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $69,300

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $40,480
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $49,940
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $56,760

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $36,080
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $44,440
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $51,040

9. Boise, ID
10. Knoxville, TN

Salaries in Boise and Knoxville are 11% lower than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

  • 25th percentile: $114,500 -> $101,905
  • 50th percentile: $141,500 -> $125,935
  • 75th percentile: $170,000 -> $151,300

Manager of tax services

  • 25th percentile: $90,750 -> $80,768
  • 50th percentile: $110,000 -> $97,900
  • 75th percentile: $128,000 -> $113,920

Senior tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $62,500 -> $55,625
  • 50th percentile: $75,500 -> $67,195
  • 75th percentile: $87,500 -> $77,875

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $49,750 -> $44,278
  • 50th percentile: $61,500 -> $54,735
  • 75th percentile: $70,750 -> $62,968

Entry-level tax accountant

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $36,490
  • 50th percentile: $50,250 -> $44,723
  • 75th percentile: $59,500 -> $52,955

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $113,000 -> $100,570
  • 50th percentile: $139,750 -> $124,378
  • 75th percentile: $162,000 -> $144,180

Manager audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $77,000 -> $68,530
  • 50th percentile: $96,250 -> $85,663
  • 75th percentile: $110,250 -> $98,123

Senior audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $55,000 -> $48,950
  • 50th percentile: $68,750 -> $61,188
  • 75th percentile: $78,750 -> $70,088

Audit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

  • 25th percentile: $46,000 -> $40,940
  • 50th percentile: $56,750 -> $50,508
  • 75th percentile: $64,500 -> $57,405

Entry-level audit and assurance services

  • 25th percentile: $41,000 -> $36,490
  • 50th percentile: $50,500 -> $44,945
  • 75th percentile: $58,000 -> $51,620

Dishonorable mentions

  • Akron, OH: -11%
  • Chattanooga, TN: -10.5%
  • Louisville: -8%
  • Lexington, KY: -8%
  • Stockton, CA: -8%
  • Albuquerque, NM: -7.5%
  • Cape Coral, FL: -7%
  • Oklahoma City: -7%
  • Tulsa, OK: -7%
  • Buffalo: -6.5%
  • Rochester, NY: -6.5%
  • Birmingham, AL: -5%
  • Huntsville, AL: -5%
  • Little Rock, AR: -5%
  • Fresno, CA: -5%

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