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.
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.
quote: 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.