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What Is the Starting Salary of an Entry Level Accountant in New York?

    Southeast

    • Long Island ranked as the highest-paying region for entry-level accountants in New York as of the end of the first quarter of 2011, explains the New York State Department of Labor. Entry-level salaries for Long Island accountants averaged $56,850 per year, roughly 9 percent above the statewide average. In New York City, entry-level accountants earned an average of $56,050 per year and were the second-highest-paid statewide. With the third-highest salaries in New York, Hudson Valley region entry-level accountants received an average of $51,670 annually.

    East and North

    • The Capital District, which includes the cities of Troy, Albany and Schenectady, ranked as the highest-paying area for entry-level accountants in New York outside of the southeastern region. Entry-level wages in the district averaged $49,200 annually, approximately 6 percent below the statewide average. In northern New York, including the cities of Ogdensburg, Massena and Plattsburgh, entry-level accountants earned an average of $40,910 per year, the lowest starting salaries statewide.

    Central

    • The greater Syracuse area had the highest salaries for entry-level accountants in central New York. Entry-level salaries in the greater Syracuse area averaged $45,420 annually, around 14 percent below the statewide mean rate of pay. In Binghamton, Elmira and the rest of the central southern tier, entry-level accountants made an average of $44,290 per year, while those in Utica, Rome and the surrounding Mohawk Valley averaged $42,720 annually.

    West

    • In western New York, entry-level accountants made an average of 13 to 16 percent below the statewide mean rate. Entry-level accountants working in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and the surrounding areas made an average of $45,020 per year. For those working in the Finger Lakes region, which includes the city of Rochester, salaries averaged $44,360 annually.



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