A State By State Accounting Guide

Wisconsin Accountant and CPA Salaries

By an AccountingEdu contributing writer
Updated August 2015

Wisconsin’s Worknet included the field of accounting on its top 25 list of occupations with the most projected openings in the state between 2012 and 2022.  The agency expects 810 accounting positions to become available each year during this time frame due to a growth rate of 7.1% over this ten-year period.

The median salary for an accountant in Wisconsin was $61,150 as of 2014, while experienced accountants earned an average of $78,810. 

Accountants with five or more years of experience at large accounting firms in Milwaukee had salaries within the range of $69,094 to $88,189 in 2015 according to the Robert Half Salary Guide from that year. 

Controllers for small financial services firms in Green Bay earned between $79,580 and $106,828.  Forensic accountants were also highly paid.  Forensic accountants in Madison had salaries within the range of $69,713 to $108,713.

CFOs for financial services firms in Milwaukee earned between $155,755 and $276,375.  Their high salaries are partly due to their likelihood of having a CPA license.

Accountant and Auditor Salaries Throughout Wisconsin

In 2014, the median salary for general accountants and auditors in the Milwaukee area was the highest of the areas presented by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 90th percentile in each area is representative of salaries for experienced accountants licensed as CPAs. General accountants and auditors in the 90th percentile of this occupational category in Wausau had the highest average salary.

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
770
64690
Eau Claire WI
430
70430
Fond du Lac WI
170
59870
Green Bay WI
1190
62420
Janesville WI
300
64960
La Crosse WI-MN
440
62280
Madison WI
3680
69770
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
6550
70070
Oshkosh-Neenah WI
500
66400
Racine WI
440
67220
Sheboygan WI
390
64630
Wausau WI
500
70930
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
810
63010
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
840
63220
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
640
56820
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
280
58280
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
330
54750

Salaries for Tax Preparers in Wisconsin’s Rural and Urban Areas

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for tax preparers in Madison was extremely high and was almost as high as that of accountants in Wisconsin in 2014:

Area name
Employment
Annual mean wage
Appleton WI
Estimate not released
36420
Green Bay WI
60
39620
Janesville WI
Estimate not released
31840
Madison WI
110
65320
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis WI
200
50150
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
30
41810
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
80
36820

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.