Accounting & Finance Salary Data & Hiring Trends



Need detailed starting salary ranges for more than 140 accounting and finance jobs? Insight into emerging hiring trends? Then you need the 2020 Robert Half Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance Professionals. The data in the guide is critical if you’re looking to add staff or switch jobs in today’s ultra-competitive hiring market.

What’s the job worth?

The guide breaks down pay ranges into percentiles, giving you more detail about everything from entry-level accounting salaries to the highest-paying finance jobs.

What does it take to land top talent?

We’ve surveyed HR managers and workers about trends in benefits, perks and incentives. Is your package on par with the competition? If not, you may even have trouble retaining your most valued employees.

What’s impacting hiring and compensation?

Find out what skills are in short supply, how businesses are tapping contingent workers and how your corporate culture can help you land — and keep — top talent.


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Hot finance and accounting roles

With unemployment in the accounting and finance fields below the already-low national rate, recruiting professionals skilled in these areas can be a job in itself. The candidate pool thins with every hire made, making these positions among the hardest to staff:

  • Accounting manager
  • AR/AP clerk
  • Bookkeeper
  • Business analyst
  • Controller
  • Financial analyst
  • Payroll manager
  • Staff accountant

Check the Salary Calculator to see what the going rates for these roles are in your city.

Skills most in demand

Accounting and finance professionals with specialized technical skills and sought-after soft skills can sometimes negotiate higher salaries than others in today’s hiring market.


Some of those that employers currently seek most include:

Technology Skills

  • ADP and Ceridian
  • Advanced Microsoft Office
  • Cloud-based systems
  • Data analytics and reporting software
  • Microsoft Dynamics 365
  • Oracle
  • PeopleSoft
  • QuickBooks
  • Sage
  • SAP

Soft Skills

  • Adaptability and flexibility
  • Collaboration
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Leadership
  • Multilingualism
  • Positive attitude
  • Solid work ethic
  • Strategic and creative thinking
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

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