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tigers102886
Member since May 2008
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re: 1st year CPA salary

I went from Government to Local CPA Firm. My goal is to work in CPA firm for another 3-5 years, pass CPA, and make a move to industry. After a year in Government, I figured it was best to move over to a CPA firm and gain experience. The work I am doing now is not bad, I just can't picture myself doing this forever.


Jcorye1
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Deflating Footballs For Tom
Member since Dec 2007
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re: 1st year CPA salary
I'm in government right now, and while what I do is very interesting and unique, you get paid like a government worker. It sucks having to work two jobs just to pay for your CPA and life.


mightyjet
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New Orleans, La
Member since Nov 2007
389 posts

re: 1st year CPA salary
Im in government now also and i'm definitely ready to make the switch. I should be done with my CPA in February. The salary is just not up to par for me.


Jcorye1
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re: 1st year CPA salary
Local, state, or Fed?


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BeYou
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Waco
Member since Oct 2012
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re: 1st year CPA salary
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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.


I'm still finishing up my MAcc so I don't have personal experience; however, I have a few friends that went straight into industry.

My opinion, a lot of students go in to public accounting because they aren't sure what industry they want to work in. Public accounting gives you a taste of various industries and is a good thing to have on your resume when you do leave for an industry job.

But, if you already have contacts lined up and you know what industry you want to work in then there really isn't anything wrong with going straight into industry.

Some of the brightest students in my graduating class are going to work for large industry companies in Houston when they graduate, despite interning at Big 4 firms.

In the end, you make your career and public accounting isn't necessarily needed.

ETA: I took a government accounting last semester, it was different than what I expected
This post was edited on 11/14 at 1:59 am


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