By an AccountingEdu contributing writer
Updated August 2015
Accountants can find many new opportunities in Oregon, especially in the Portland metro area. This is due in large part to the rise of a strong technology sector, which is helping drive demand for accounting and auditing services.
The US Bureau of Labor Statistics has provided salary information for accountants in Oregon showing that those in Corvallis earned an average of $58,490 in 2014, while those in Salem earned $64,110 on average.
Accountants in Oregon earn a range of salaries depending on their geographic location in the state, job specialty, and whether or not they hold a CPA license. Accounts who have CPA licenses can make far more than their unlicensed colleagues, as reflected in the Robert Half 2015 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance.
Robert Half, Inc provided information on high-level accounting salaries in Portland, Oregon for 2015 showing forensic accountants at the high end of the range making $113,519.
Chief financial officers (CFOs) in Oregon, who typically hold CPA licensure, earned an average of $385,355 according to the Robert Half 2015 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance. Internal auditors for midsized corporations earned an average of $99,138, while controllers for small firms in the Portland area earned an average of $94,303 according to the guide.
Accountant salaries vary by location, with metropolitan areas tending to pay more. Eastern Oregon’s nonmetropolitan area reported the lowest average salary in the state at $49,490. In contrast, Portland reported the highest average salary. Portland-based accountants earned an average of $68,110 a year in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The table below shows 2014 employment and salary data for accountants and auditors throughout Oregon as reported by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Tax preparers in Oregon earned an average salary of $39,400 while some earned as much as accountants. Bend-based tax preparers in the top ten percent made an average of $56,640 a year in 2014 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics:
The table below shows employment and salary data for Oregon’s metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas from the 2014 Bureau of Labor Statistics report: