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.
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.
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: