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January 27, 2023

Let’s Take a Second Look at a 15-year Trajectory of Big 4 Compensation

Earlier this week we shared some data that was gifted to us by an accountant who had nothing better to do during his AUD study break than create a spreadsheet charting your compensation for the first 15 years of your illustrious Big 4 career. Everyone seemed pretty grateful for it though, as it got people debating various assumptions, starting salaries and whether my cutoff sentence was due to blackout or BJ.

ANYWAY, our enterprising young Excel wizard took a lot of your feedback into consideration and went back to the drawing board:

I've edited it some and added a high and low expectation to hopefully cover the more broad ranges, especially at the partner level. 

First – zee chart:

And zee data:

I personally still think the ascension to partner is too fast and the seven years at manager/senior manager still might not be enough but I'll leave the nitpicking up to you, the experts. 

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