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September 30, 2023

Moving from 20-people firm to bigger firm

Hey all, 

Started my career at a 20-person CPA firm in Alaska in October 2015.

48,000 Salary

+ average 200 OT

= 54,900 a year

Everything else is literally discretionary. I got $250 bonus at year end. Before tax season (February 1), I got a raise to 52,000 (59,500 w/ OT added). 

I like the firm but I never recieved mileague reimbursement for audit projects that I travel in the city or any kind of recognition for passing the CPA exams in 6 months. Also we're a paper firm. A bit antique and I feel like I am losing ground despite being a millennial because obviously the future is computers. 

I get 3 weeks PTO per year. Not terrible but not exceptional I think. I wonder now that I completed my tax season (I do both audit and tax and audit is definitely waaay better) I should begin attempting to jump up to regional/Big 4.  But with only 8 months of work experience, that seems unlikely. However, if I stay for a year – 1.5 year, then move, I might as well be demoted because my skill set isn't up to date with today's work world…

Also no career center/college events to help me meet recruiters either. Our CPA society isn't so hot either.

Any positive insight or advice?

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