Accounting Salary Outlook

Are you a job-seeker searching for a top accounting and finance position? Or are you a hiring manager looking to hire an accounting and finance professional? We have put together an accounting salary guide listing the salaries of top accounting and finance positions that will help you start-out on the right foot.

What is the Accounting Salary Guide?

Our 2019 Salary Guide contains insight relating to accounting and finance industry compensation and presents analysis of topics and trends that affect businesses today.  Our goal is to provide you with an overview of salary trends to help you successfully negotiate compensation.

Key Findings:

The  most in-in demand finance and accounting roles in the last 4-5 years have been Staff and Senior Accountants, Financial and Senior Financial Analysts, as well as Accounts Payable Managers.   We expect the hiring of Managers and Senior Managers of Finance, Controllers and Directors of Accounting to continue at an aggressive rate.

Below we have compiled three accounting and finance positions and their projected average base salaries, as well as a description of their typical duties.  For additional positions and  a breakdown of their accounting salary ranges please see our 2019 Salary Guide.


Job Opportunities for chief financial officer careers are plentiful and varied. Pursuing a career as a CFO takes strong financial skills and a solid educational foundation.
The accounting salary range for chief financial officers is $194,000 – $678,435.
Typical Duties:  Budgeting, forecasting, investing, cash management, capital raising. Reviewing and approving financial reports, budgets, contracts and capital expenditures.

Senior Financial Analyst

Financial Analyst jobs are in big demand. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Financial Analyst jobs are expected to grow at a rate of 12 percent.  Financial analysts support business growth by identifying financial trends and helping companies make strategic decisions.
The accounting salary range for Senior Financial Analyst is $83,640 – $121,680.
Typical Duties:  Provide business strategies, data-based solutions, translate reports, forecasts, streamline processes and improve efficiency.

 Staff Accountant

Staff Accountants generally report to the controller, director or CPA.  The ability to multi-task, establish priorities and organize is important to be a successful Staff Accountant.  In-depth knowledge of accounting software is imperative.
The accounting salary range for Staff Accountants is $51,680 – $78,535.
Typical Duties: Financial reporting, maintain records, and general ledgers. Budgets, general bookkeeping, accounts payable and accounts receivable.