10 Cities Where Starting Pay In Public Accounting Will Be the Highest In 2022

The Powers That Be want me to squeeze every last bit of juice from the bountiful fruit that is the public accounting portion of the 2022 Robert Half Accounting & Finance Salary Guide. ICYMI, we’ve written about the projected starting salaries for each of the 10 public accounting jobs in the 2022 salary guide by professional experience, and how those salaries compare to those expected to be offered next year in five high cost of living cities, eight medium cost of living cities, and eight low cost of living cities.

Today we’re going to look at which of the top 200 US cities by population are expected to offer capital market servants a starting salary in 2022 that is WAY bigger than the national average in public accounting. The 200 cities are based on this list by World Population Review and ranges from New York City at No. 1 to Waco, TX at No. 200.

Using the location tool offered by Robert Half, I put in the names of each of the 200 largest cities to find out which ones had notable starting salary discrepancies—both good and bad—compared to the national average.

The data below from Bob shows the national average -> the average starting salary for that city by percentile per position. There are three salary percentiles:

25th percentile: New to the type of role, still acquiring relevant skills.50th percentile: Average experience, has most of the necessary skills.75th percentile: Above-average experience, has all needed skills.

Of the 10 cities projected to have the largest starting salaries in public accounting next year, seven are on the West Coast (six in California) and three are on the East Coast:

1. San Francisco

Salaries in San Francisco are 42% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $162,59050th percentile: $141,500 -> $200,93075th percentile: $170,000 -> $241,400

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $128,86550th percentile: $110,000 -> $156,20075th percentile: $128,000 -> $181,760

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $88,75050th percentile: $75,500 -> $107,21075th percentile: $87,500 -> $124,250

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $70,64550th percentile: $61,500 -> $87,33075th percentile: $70,750 -> $100,465

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $58,22050th percentile: $50,250 -> $71,35575th percentile: $59,500 -> $84,490

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $160,46050th percentile: $139,750 -> $198,44575th percentile: $162,000 -> $230,040

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $109,34050th percentile: $96,250 -> $136,67575th percentile: $110,250 -> $156,555

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $78,10050th percentile: $68,750 -> $97,62575th percentile: $78,750 -> $111,825

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $65,32050th percentile: $56,750 -> $80,58575th percentile: $64,500 -> $91,590

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $58,22050th percentile: $50,500 -> $71,71075th percentile: $58,000 -> $82,360

2. San Jose, CA

Salaries in San Jose are 41% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $161,44550th percentile: $141,500 -> $199,51575th percentile: $170,000 -> $239,700

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $127,95850th percentile: $110,000 -> $155,10075th percentile: $128,000 -> $180,480

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $88,12550th percentile: $75,500 -> $106,45575th percentile: $87,500 -> $123,375

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $70,14850th percentile: $61,500 -> $86,71575th percentile: $70,750 -> $99,758

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $57,81050th percentile: $50,250 -> $70,85375th percentile: $59,500 -> $83,895

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $159,33050th percentile: $139,750 -> $197,04875th percentile: $162,000 -> $228,420

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $108,57050th percentile: $96,250 -> $135,71375th percentile: $110,250 -> $155,453

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $77,55050th percentile: $68,750 -> $96,93875th percentile: $78,750 -> $111,038

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $64,86050th percentile: $56,750 -> $80,01875th percentile: $64,500 -> $90,945

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $57,81050th percentile: $50,500 -> $71,20575th percentile: $58,000 -> $81,780

3. New York City

Salaries in New York City are 40.5% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $160,87350th percentile: $141,500 -> $198,80875th percentile: $170,000 -> $238,850

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $127,50450th percentile: $110,000 -> $154,55075th percentile: $128,000 -> $179,840

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $87,81350th percentile: $75,500 -> $106,07875th percentile: $87,500 -> $122,938

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $69,89950th percentile: $61,500 -> $86,40875th percentile: $70,750 -> $99,404

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $57,60550th percentile: $50,250 -> $70,60175th percentile: $59,500 -> $83,598

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $158,76550th percentile: $139,750 -> $196,34975th percentile: $162,000 -> $227,610

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $108,18550th percentile: $96,250 -> $135,23175th percentile: $110,250 -> $154,901

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $77,27550th percentile: $68,750 -> $96,59475th percentile: $78,750 -> $110,644

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $64,63050th percentile: $56,750 -> $79,73475th percentile: $64,500 -> $90,623

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $57,60550th percentile: $50,500 -> $70,95375th percentile: $58,000 -> $81,490

4. Oakland

Salaries in Oakland are 35% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $154,57550th percentile: $141,500 -> $191,02575th percentile: $170,000 -> $229,500

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $122,51350th percentile: $110,000 -> $148,50075th percentile: $128,000 -> $172,800

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $84,37550th percentile: $75,500 -> $101,92575th percentile: $87,500 -> $118,125

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $67,16350th percentile: $61,500 -> $83,02575th percentile: $70,750 -> $95,513

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $55,35050th percentile: $50,250 -> $67,83875th percentile: $59,500 -> $80,325

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $152,55050th percentile: $139,750 -> $188,66375th percentile: $162,000 -> $218,700

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $103,95050th percentile: $96,250 -> $129,93875th percentile: $110,250 -> $148,838

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $74,25050th percentile: $68,750 -> $92,81375th percentile: $78,750 -> $106,313

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $62,10050th percentile: $56,750 -> $76,61375th percentile: $64,500 -> $87,075

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $55,35050th percentile: $50,500 -> $68,17575th percentile: $58,000 -> $78,300

5. Boston

Salaries in Boston are 34% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $153,43050th percentile: $141,500 -> $189,61075th percentile: $170,000 -> $227,800

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $121,60550th percentile: $110,000 -> $147,40075th percentile: $128,000 -> $171,520

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $83,75050th percentile: $75,500 -> $101,17075th percentile: $87,500 -> $117,250

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $66,66550th percentile: $61,500 -> $82,41075th percentile: $70,750 -> $94,805

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $54,94050th percentile: $50,250 -> $67,33575th percentile: $59,500 -> $79,730

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $151,42050th percentile: $139,750 -> $187,26575th percentile: $162,000 -> $217,080

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $103,18050th percentile: $96,250 -> $128,97575th percentile: $110,250 -> $147,735

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $73,70050th percentile: $68,750 -> $92,12575th percentile: $78,750 -> $105,525

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $61,64050th percentile: $56,750 -> $76,04575th percentile: $64,500 -> $86,430

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $54,94050th percentile: $50,500 -> $67,67075th percentile: $58,000 -> $77,720

6. Los Angeles

7. Washington, DC

Salaries in Los Angeles and Washington, DC are 33% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $152,28550th percentile: $141,500 -> $188,19575th percentile: $170,000 -> $226,100

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $120,69850th percentile: $110,000 -> $146,30075th percentile: $128,000 -> $170,240

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $83,12550th percentile: $75,500 -> $100,41575th percentile: $87,500 -> $116,375

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $66,16850th percentile: $61,500 -> $81,79575th percentile: $70,750 -> $94,098

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $54,53050th percentile: $50,250 -> $66,83375th percentile: $59,500 -> $79,135

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $150,29050th percentile: $139,750 -> $185,86875th percentile: $162,000 -> $215,460

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $102,41050th percentile: $96,250 -> $128,01375th percentile: $110,250 -> $146,633

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $73,15050th percentile: $68,750 -> $91,43875th percentile: $78,750 -> $104,738

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $61,18050th percentile: $56,750 -> $75,47875th percentile: $64,500 -> $85,785

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $54,53050th percentile: $50,500 -> $67,16575th percentile: $58,000 -> $77,140

8. Irvine, CA

Salaries in Irvine are 30% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $148,85050th percentile: $141,500 -> $183,95075th percentile: $170,000 -> $221,000

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $117,97550th percentile: $110,000 -> $143,00075th percentile: $128,000 -> $166,400

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $81,25050th percentile: $75,500 -> $98,15075th percentile: $87,500 -> $113,750

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $64,67550th percentile: $61,500 -> $79,95075th percentile: $70,750 -> $91,975

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $53,30050th percentile: $50,250 -> $65,32575th percentile: $59,500 -> $77,350

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $146,90050th percentile: $139,750 -> $181,67575th percentile: $162,000 -> $210,600

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $100,10050th percentile: $96,250 -> $125,12575th percentile: $110,250 -> $143,325

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $71,50050th percentile: $68,750 -> $89,37575th percentile: $78,750 -> $102,375

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $59,80050th percentile: $56,750 -> $73,77575th percentile: $64,500 -> $83,850

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $53,30050th percentile: $50,500 -> $65,65075th percentile: $58,000 -> $75,400

9. San Diego

10. Seattle

Salaries in San Diego and Seattle are 29% higher than the national average.

Senior manager/director tax services

25th percentile: $114,500 -> $147,70550th percentile: $141,500 -> $182,53575th percentile: $170,000 -> $219,300

Manager of tax services

25th percentile: $90,750 -> $117,06850th percentile: $110,000 -> $141,90075th percentile: $128,000 -> $165,120

Senior tax accountant

25th percentile: $62,500 -> $80,62550th percentile: $75,500 -> $97,39575th percentile: $87,500 -> $112,875

Tax accountant, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $49,750 -> $64,17850th percentile: $61,500 -> $79,33575th percentile: $70,750 -> $91,268

Entry-level tax accountant

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $52,89050th percentile: $50,250 -> $64,82375th percentile: $59,500 -> $76,755

Senior manager/director audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $113,000 -> $145,77050th percentile: $139,750 -> $180,27875th percentile: $162,000 -> $208,980

Manager audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $77,000 -> $99,33050th percentile: $96,250 -> $124,16375th percentile: $110,250 -> $142,223

Senior audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $55,000 -> $70,95050th percentile: $68,750 -> $88,68875th percentile: $78,750 -> $101,588

udit and assurance services, 1-3 years’ experience

25th percentile: $46,000 -> $59,34050th percentile: $56,750 -> $73,20875th percentile: $64,500 -> $83,205

Entry-level audit and assurance services

25th percentile: $41,000 -> $52,89050th percentile: $50,500 -> $65,14575th percentile: $58,000 -> $74,820

Honorable mentions

Chicago: 24%Santa Rosa, CA: 22%Ontario, CA: 20%Riverside, CA: 20%Phoenix: 18%Naperville, IL: 15%Philadelphia: 15%Salt Lake City: 13%Austin, TX: 11%Dallas: 11%Denver: 11%Portland, OR: 11%Sacramento, CA: 11%Houston: 10.5%Fort Lauderdale, FL: 10%Fort Worth, TX: 10%Miami: 10%

Tomorrow we’ll look at 10 cities among the 200 largest that are projected to offer starting salaries in public accounting that are well below average in 2022.

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