A State By State Accounting Guide

Utah Accountant and CPA Salaries

By an AccountingEdu contributing writer
Updated August 2015

Job prospects in the field of accounting are so promising in Utah that the state’s Department of Workforce Services gave it a five star rating - the highest rating possible  - in recognition of the strong employment outlook and high salaries available in the field.

The Utah Department of Workforce Services expects an increase of 28% in the number of accounting jobs in the state between 2012 and 2022.  This is more than twice as high as the national rate of increase expected for accounting jobs nationwide according to the US Department of Labor (DOL).

The median salary for an accountant in Utah was $62,300 in 2014 according to the DOL.  Experienced professionals in the 90th percentile, often those with CPA licenses, earned an average of $103,600.

The 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide provides the salaries for a number of accounting specialty positions in Salt Lake City for 2014.  For instance, accountants with one to three years of experience in large accounting firms earned between $69,438 and $88,628.

Salaries are even higher for specialized accountants, with forensic accountants in Salt Lake City earning salaries within the range of $72,215 and $112,615. Controllers at large financial services firms in Salt Lake City earned salaries in the range of $153,015 and $194,930 according to the 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide.

Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in Utah, which often hold CPA licenses, earned the highest salaries among all accounting professionals.  CFOs at financial services firms in Salt Lake City earned between $156,550 and $277,750 according to the 2015 Robert Half Salary Guide.

Accountant and Auditor Salaries in Utah’s Cities and Rural Areas

In 2014, accountants and auditors in the nonmetropolitan area of Northern Utah earned the highest salaries in the state according to the US Department of Labor.

The 90th percentile in each area is representative of salaries for experienced accountants with CPA licenses.

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Logan UT-ID
390
61570
Ogden-Clearfield UT
1320
70630
Provo-Orem UT
1390
66160
St. George UT
280
56880
Salt Lake City UT
5980
70480
Northern Utah nonmetropolitan area
60
71720
West Central Utah nonmetropolitan area
60
65720
South Western Utah nonmetropolitan area
110
57360
Eastern Utah nonmetropolitan area
220
60790

Tax Preparer Salaries in Utah’s Major Cities

Tax preparers in Provo-Orem had the highest average salary in 2014 according to the US Department of Labor:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Logan UT-ID
30
55480
Ogden-Clearfield UT
estimate not released
40590
Provo-Orem UT
90
59290
St. George UT
estimate not released
34540
Salt Lake City UT
420
47180



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.