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Globally, Certified Management Accountants (CMAs) are paid quite handsomely and far better than their non-CMA peers. This is according to the latest salary data from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA).

Each year, IMA® (surveys its more than 85,000 worldwide members, yielding rich data on the salary and total compensation of management accounting professionals. The survey breaks down differences in compensation by level of certification, gender, age, geographic region and much more. The latest IMA Global Salary Survey, detailing results captured during calendar year 2016, is now available. See how your compensation stacks up as well as how much of a premium CMA certification bestows on its holders.

Base Salary 
Total Compensation
This Year as a %
of Last Year (Median)
Region Mean Median Mean Median Base Salary Total
All Countries $79,278 $68,675 $97,475 $73,675 139% 130%
Americas  110,238 99,700 136,287 109,700 102% 97%
Asia 42,475 30,000 50,963 33,000 112% 105%
Europe 88,349 70,000 104,585 76,000 97% 94%
Middle East/Africa 40,795 27,000 50,831 29,200 94% 84%

CMA Salaries are Still Much Better Than Peers

Is the CMA certification still a solid-gold career credential? Absolutely.

Globally, CMAs earn 61% more than non-CMA holders. In Asia, where salaries are lower compared to other regions, professionals with CMA certification take home 66% more in median total compensation.

CMA Still A Career Differentiator

“CMAs across all regions feel that their certification enhances their ability to move across areas of the business,” said Kip Krumwiede, CMA, CPA, Ph.D., director of research at IMA and author of the survey. “Certified professionals report substantially higher salaries and total compensation than their non-certified counterparts. This salary premium, along with the greater career opportunities available to CMAs, attests to the ongoing value of this program.”

Currently, there are more than 45,000 CMAs working worldwide.

Download CMA Salary Report & See How You Stack Up

IMA surveys its members each year, producing the industry’s go-to CMA salary figures as well as a snapshot of total compensation of today’s corporate finance professionals.

The report features tons of informative graphs and tables like the ones in this blog post.

Interested in learning more? Check out our webinar: How to Become a CMA Certified Management Accountant.

Download the Latest IMA Global Salary Survey