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Golfer2012
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1st year CPA salary

Anyone know the starting salary for a 1st year CPA in LA? Small firm

I've tried looking at salary websites but it seems most of those are for accountants.

TIA
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lynxcat
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Small firm? around 45k would be my guess.


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Paul Allen
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re: 1st year CPA salary
$53,000


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HurricaneDunc
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re: 1st year CPA salary
A CPA is an accountant


Golfer2012
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re: 1st year CPA salary
But many accountants aren't CPAs


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tigers102886
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Depends on how much experience you have. Right out of college will be $44k-$50k range.


Johnny4lsu
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re: 1st year CPA salary
My wife started out as a staff accountant (didn't have her cpa)and her starting salary was around $38,000.

CPA should be 50k+
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BeYou
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Public Accounting in Texas for Big 4 and midsize firms are paying roughly 53,000 for first year audit associates.

that's all I got


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yellowfin
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re: 1st year CPA salary
mid 40s


lynxcat
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Small accounting firm is significantly different than B4.

Depending on a variety of factors, you are looking anywhere from 40-47 for a small firm.


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tigers102886
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re: 1st year CPA salary
In my experience, CPA license doesn't factor too much into starting salary. It comes more in to play once you start working and are up for promotions. Without a CPA, you can only progress so far in a public accounting firm before you hit a ceiling.


SippyCup
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Small firm --- Experience > CPA

40k-45k would be the range to expect.
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yellowfin
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re: 1st year CPA salary
correct

junior staff = junior staff


CPA comes into play at senior in charge or manager levels


MStant1
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Also passing all 4 parts of the CPA does not necessarily mean you have the CPA yet.


Jcorye1
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re: 1st year CPA salary
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Depends on how much experience you have. Right out of college will be $44k-$50k range.


You don't have your CPA right out of college fwiw.


Jcorye1
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re: 1st year CPA salary
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Also passing all 4 parts of the CPA does not necessarily mean you have the CPA yet.


Correct. With Louisiana, you still need one year* of accounting experience under a licensed CPA from what I remember. You also need to fill out a buttload of forms and take an ethics class.

By the way, I just fist pumped in my cubicle, I will have the year requirement already done when I finish passing the exam!
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tigers102886
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Yes, I know there's a one year requirement. At a small CPA firm, right out of college you'll probably make $42k-$48k if you have passed zero parts of CPA. If you have passed all or some, you may make a little more in the range of $44k-$50k. The bigger differences in pay come after you have worked a couple of years.


Jcorye1
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re: 1st year CPA salary
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The bigger differences in pay come after you have worked a couple of years.


Yep, and get specialized training.

I'm lucky, I have experience and training in multiple odd taxes. I do Motor Fuel Excise mostly, with a decent amount of Tobacco, Telecommunications, Beer, Alcohol, Hazardous Waste, and other odd/end taxes.


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Joben88
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re: 1st year CPA salary
1st year Big 4 New Orleans- Around 53k
1st year Reg Firm- Around 47k

Just got my offers for next summer when I graduate.


Jcorye1
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re: 1st year CPA salary


Honestly, I'm hoping to skip the CPA firm route and go straight to industry, does anyone have experience with that? I'm building contacts and such.


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