A State By State Accounting Guide

Texas Accountant and CPA Salaries

According to salary information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accountants in Texas earned an average of $71,850 in 2012.  Wages are substantially higher for licensed CPAs in the state.  Accountants who were in the top 10 percent salary bracket earned $125,720 in the Houston area.  Tax preparers in the top 10th percentile in Corpus Christi made $100,630, while the average for Texas overall was $40,520 that year.

The salary data for accounting and finance positions in Texas were provided by the 2013 Robert Half Salary Guide.  According to the guide, salaries of internal auditors at midsized corporations varied from $77,700 in El Paso to $114,885 in Austin.  Forensic accountants made a high salary of $118,830 in Dallas, while CFOs earned as much as $267,650 in Houston.  Controllers at small firms averaged $95,594 in San Antonio, while larger firms in the city paid up to $171,238. 

Accounting Salaries in Texas

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Abilene TX
460
57840
Amarillo TX
880
72610
Austin-Round Rock-San Marcos TX
9110
65460
Beaumont-Port Arthur TX
820
67360
Brownsville-Harlingen TX
530
65670
College Station-Bryan TX
580
65060
Corpus Christi TX
940
65880
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington TX
29050
74710
Dallas-Plano-Irving TX Metropolitan Division
21950
75560
El Paso TX
1830
51060
Fort Worth-Arlington TX Metropolitan Division
7100
72060
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown TX
28240
77850
Killeen-Temple-Fort Hood TX
590
65870
Laredo TX
610
57710
Longview TX
510
66210
Lubbock TX
760
58310
McAllen-Edinburg-Mission TX
680
55890
Midland TX
1010
74690
Odessa TX
430
71860
San Angelo TX
280
56990
San Antonio-New Braunfels TX
6090
68690
Sherman-Denison TX
170
60460
Texarkana-Texarkana TX-AR
210
60200
Tyler TX
500
68720
Victoria TX
280
62970
Waco TX
700
59800
Wichita Falls TX
340
62360
Northwestern Texas nonmetropolitan area
1280
57370
North Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
420
63240
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area
1740
64410
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area
730
56600
Southern Texas nonmetropolitan area
400
58160
Gulf Coast Texas nonmetropolitan area
630
57380

Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2013. Figures represent accumulated data for all areas of specialty within the field of accounting and auditing.