The Average Monthly Salary of Accountants

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The Average Monthly Salary of Accountants
Accountants earn an average salary of more than £39,000 per year. (Accounting image by Guitar 75 from

Accountants and auditors, who examine accounting records to give advice or prepare statements, made average monthly wages of more than £3,250 in May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Accountants and auditors earned mean wages of £21.0 per hour or £43,829 per year in May 2009, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That works out to an average monthly salary of approximately £3,652.

Top Industries

Approximately one-quarter of accountants and auditors were employed in the accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services industry, BLS figures show. Other industries in the top five including management of companies and enterprises, local government, state government and insurance companies. The three highest-paying industries for accountants and auditors were the federal government, tobacco manufacturing and securities and commodity contracts intermediation and brokerage, which all paid more than £52,000 per year, on average, or more than £4,290 a month.

Top-Paying Areas

New York was the highest-paying state for accountants and auditors in May 2009, according to the BLS, with an average annual salary of £54,782, or about £4,564 a month. The District of Columbia, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts were the rest of the top five. The top-paying metropolitan area was New York-White Plains-Wayne, New York-New Jersey Metropolitan Division, with a mean annual salary of £57,161 per year, or about £4,763 per month.

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