A State By State Accounting Guide

Wisconsin Accountant and CPA Salaries

The annual salary of accountants in Wisconsin was $65,950 in 2012 based on information provided by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Accountants located in Fond du Lac whose earnings were in the top ten percent of salary earners in their field made $109,000 a year on average.  Tax preparers averaged $43,280 in Wisconsin, while accountants in the top salary bracket in the Milwaukee/Waukesha/West Allis area made an average salary of over $104,560 a year. 

Accountants with CPA licenses command higher salaries.  According to data from the Robert Half Salary Guide, CFOs in Milwaukee, who are most often licensed CPAs, earned up to $247,795 a year in 2013.  Forensic accountants in Madison made up to $101,760, while financial controllers for small firms earned an average of $96,600.  Green Bay based internal auditors serving large corporations earned up to $114,396 a year.

Accounting Salaries in Wisconsin

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
620
63510
Duluth MN-WI
660
57530
Eau Claire WI
420
60160
Fond du Lac WI
190
59970
Green Bay WI
1250
60890
Janesville WI
300
64930
La Crosse WI-MN
510
62480
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
3370
73160
Madison WI
2960
66960
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
6610
72100
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
18010
66740
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
510
61000
Racine WI
370
68940
Sheboygan WI
310
62390
Wausau WI
480
64740
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
690
57030
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
860
58870
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
600
55480
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
250
55650
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
320
56580

Tax Preparer Salaries in Wisconsin

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
50
34880
Duluth MN-WI
40
32170
Eau Claire WI
40
24660
Green Bay WI
70
37830
Janesville WI
60
35270
La Crosse WI-MN
40
36370
Lake County-Kenosha County IL-WI Metropolitan Division
90
51230
Madison WI
180
53800
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
280
54790
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington MN-WI
990
42610
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
30
39850
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
32810
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
70
34430
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
40
23660

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.