Top 10 Cities For Accountants

Our friends over at LedgerLink (Monster.com’s social community for accounting pros) and AccountingWeb recently put out respective lists of Top 10 Cities For Accountants. Check ‘em out here and here .

Both are great – but there seem to be some glaring omissions. No California cities? What about the Southeast? Hmmm.

So, we’ve grabbed the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (circa 2013) to compile our own list of Top 10 Cities For Accountants, plus give you a quick peek at current job openings for CPA-holders.

Find yourself a city to live in.

Denver is one of the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

10. Denver

Enjoy the high life in the Mile High City where accountants are in high demand and command higher salaries than most. You’ll quickly realize why Peyton Manning owns all those pizza joints.

Number of Accountants: 21,360

Average Annual Salary: $74,780

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Philadelphia is among the Top 10 Cities for Accountants
9. Philadelphia

The City of Brotherly Love, cheesesteaks and the always-mediocre Eagles is a great place to live and work. The weather may not always be sunny but Philly offers big city culture at affordable prices.

Number of Accountants: 22,040

Average Annual Salary: $78,160

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Boston is one of the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

8. Boston

New England’s banking center and a boomtown for healthcare companies, Boston boasts a wealth of opportunities for CPAs. Just know that the winters and parking are brutal.

Number of Accountants: 24,150

Average Annual Salary: $79,630

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Dallas is one of the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

7. Dallas-Fort Worth

Everything is bigger in Dallas, from the hairdos to the paychecks. The city proper boasts eclectic neighborhoods as well as some of the best restaurants in the state.

Number of Accountants: 25,300

Average Annual Salary: $77,100

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Atlanta is one of the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

6. Atlanta (Hey, y’all!)

The “New York of the South,” Hotlanta is one of America’s top draws for relocation due to its reasonable cost of living, plentiful jobs and abundant Waffle Houses.

Number of Accountants: 28,460

Average Annual Salary: $76,040

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Houston is among the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

5. Houston

It’s not just oil, old money and BBQ joints in Houston anymore. Today, it boasts some of the finest museums and cultural attractions in the country and is a great place to raise a family.

Number of Accountants: 29,650

Average Annual Salary: $80,590

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Chicago is among the Top 10 Cities For Accountants

4. Chicago

The high cost of living in the Windy City has a way of blowing people’s paychecks. But with a CPA salary, you can enjoy all Chicago has to offer.

Number of Accountants: 31,340

Average Annual Salary: $74,460

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Washington DC is among Top 10 Cities for Accountants.

3. Washington D.C.

The home of Machiavellians and wonks, D.C. offers the second-best pay for accountants in the nation. The city lacks tall buildings but there are cultural events (and fundraisers) for as far as the eye can see.

Number of Accountants: 35,350

Average Annual Salary: $84,910

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Los Angeles is among the Top 10 Cities for Accountants

2. Los Angeles

It’s no strange thing that the second-largest U.S. city has the second-most accountants. Make sure you buy or own a car you love, because you’re going to be spending some time in it.

Number of Accountants: 43,490

Average Annual Salary: $78,090

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New York is among the Top 10 Cities for Accountants

1. New York (The perennial #1)

Are you shocked? Well, you shouldn’t be, seeing as the Big Apple is the big leagues for financial services firms. It’s also the big leagues for brunch, hipsters and indie bands you’ve probably never heard of.

Number of Accountants: 71,070

Average Annual Salary: $93,480

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Bummed to only see U.S. cities listed? Don’t worry, soon we’ll rank the top 10 international cities (hint: NYC will still be on the list).

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