Certified Public Accounting
Employment Information


In Washington, the median wage for accountants and auditors is $32.16/hour or $66,900 annually. Wages vary according to job location and level of job complexity. The median wage nationally for accountants and auditors is $31.29/hour or $65,100/year. 

Many accountants earn extra money by working overtime during tax season.

Working Conditions

Accountants/CPAs may work over 50 hours/week, especially if self-employed, and long hours from January to April, if specializing in tax preparation. They may travel frequently to visit clients.

Employment Outlook

Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2012 and 2022 in Washington state, 13 percent nationally. Job opportunities should be favorable, especially for CPAs and those who have professional certification.