A State By State Accounting Guide

Oregon Accountant and CPA Salaries

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.

Accounting Salaries in Oregon’s Cities and Major Metro Areas

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bend OR
280
67230
Corvallis OR
260
58490
Eugene-Springfield OR
820
61190
Medford OR
420
60630
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
8210
68110
Salem OR
1090
64110
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area
270
60530
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area
390
64950
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area
230
56860
Eastern Oregon nonmetropolitan area
280
49490

Tax Preparer Salaries Throughout Oregon

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:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Bend OR
90
38570
Eugene-Springfield OR
Estimate not released
40140
Medford OR
60
46260
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro OR-WA
720
39980
Salem OR
70
40680
Southern Oregon and Linn County nonmetropolitan area
140
35970
North Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area
Estimate not released
33100

Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2014. Figures represent accumulated data for all areas of specialty within the field of accounting and auditing.