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Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?

I'm about to start studying for the CPA exam, after having been out of college for 3 years. I have a semester of law school left, so I figured I'd try to go ahead and finally get the CPA exam out of my way before being faced with the Bar exam. Any advice? Motivation?


Paul Allen
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
$47,000


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LSUtoOmaha
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Between 42-60k depending on where.


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CalcuttaTigah
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Just got home from work. Don't do it. Seriously, do not.


Skin
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
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Just got home from work. Don't do it. Seriously, do not.





Sounds like he's headed for a career in tax law.

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jso0003
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
My sister started at 65 but she's a freak of nature , 4.0 along with every possible resume builder you can think of



LSUtoOmaha
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Where does she make 65k?

I know a guy who got his Masters in Accounting, along with a CPA, and I believe he started around 80k in 2010, but that was in NYC.


jso0003
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
It's a large southeastern firm, she interned with big 4 one year and the regional firm the next. Turned down big 4 with a quickness. She is out of Atlanta, but the firm is not based there.

She got her MAC as well.



LSUtoOmaha
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Yea thats really good, especially for the South.


jso0003
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Sorry for being cagey, don't want to spill her info on TD


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Wilfred
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
am a cpa..still at work taking a quick break.


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BJ titsnbeer
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Close friend of mine works for one of the big four making 52k, he has his masters as well. He has been at it for a little less than a year and said he will be out of the field with a quickness.


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RickAstley
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
One of my friends finished his masters and started out at KPMG at $47k. He recently passed the CPA exam, so besides bonuses, I don't know how it affected his pay
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PurpleAndGold86
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Me and my wife are both CPAs. Definitely going to depend on where you are working (location wise).

quote:

Any advice? Motivation?


Don't delay doing it.


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LSU1018
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
A lot of it depends on if you did internships or anything while in college. If you are coming fresh out with no experience, anything over 50 is good.


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tigers102886
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
I graduated with a Masters in Accounting, worked in a government job for a little over a year before switching to a smaller CPA firm based out of New Orleans. I still haven't taken CPA exam but I started at $44k and after a year and a half, make over $50k. If you go work for Big 4, you probably start at right around $50k, but I didn't want to go that route. I plan on taking the CPA within the next year, just got to find the motivation to study again.


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OceanMan
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
quote:

m about to start studying for the CPA exam, after having been out of college for 3 years. I have a semester of law school left, so I figured I'd try to go ahead and finally get the CPA exam out of my way before being faced with the Bar exam.


I just want to point out to you that in Louisiana, you have to work as a CPA for a year to get licensed (some states longer)-just an FYI. I suppose that since you are asking about starting salary that you intend on working as one

Salaries will range a good deal depending on size firm and location. Big 4 will pay $50k+, with larger CPA bonuses than other firms. These salries are pretty flat, meaning if they want you, there is no variance in pay.Regional/Local firms, on the other hand, may vary starting salaries more based on qualifications; but I would say on average, an local/regional firm starting salary would be between $42-50k.

Good Luck


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bpfergu
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Think that's crazy? My GF is a "staff accountant", whatever that means. She doesn't have a college degree, much less is a CPA, and she just recently started on making mid 80's and gets a 20% bonus every year. Also, she only works around 40 hours/week. She is 27 btw.


yellowfin
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
in 2004 i started out at 29k


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tigers102886
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re: Anyone know the starting salary of a CPA?
Staff accountant in CPA firm without a college degree? That doesn't sound right.


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