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Accounting Careers in Texas

Written by AnonymousMay 12, 2011

Examining Accounting Careers in Texas

Of the top 100 most common jobs in Texas, accounting is number 24. And accountants in Texas rank high on the pay scale too. In 2009, the average salary for accountants in Texas was higher in at least a dozen other states.

Many Texas accountants are Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Along with California, New York, Florida, and Illinois accountants, Texas CPAs account for 40 percent of all public accountants in the U.S. Texas accountants also work in tax prep, payroll, forensics, and other specialties. To become an accountant in the state of Texas, you must have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. college or university, or an equivalent degree from a college or university in another country. In order to satisfy course requirements, your degree must be in accounting.

Salary Trends for Accountants in Texas

Accountants across the U.S. averaged $67,430 in 2009. Texas accountants averaged $65,780. Texas accountants average much less than New York accountants ($84,280) and slightly less than the national average, but they average more than accountants living in Arizona ($58,500), Nevada ($59,250), and Florida ($62,260).

Accountants living in the largest metropolitan areas in the state of Texas average $50,800 to $69,010. They are:

  • Austin-Round Rock: $69,010
  • Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown: $62,160
  • Dallas-Plano-Irving: $61,750
  • Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington: $61,700
  • San Antonio: $53,130
  • El Paso: $50,800

Houston and Fort Worth are home to more than 50 percent of the state’s 85,600 accountants. Being qualified as a CPA will get you the best opportunities in these cities, so consider taking the CPA licensing exam as soon as you have met the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) exam qualifications and requirements.

Employment Trends for Accountants in Texas

There are 85,600 accountants and auditors in the state of Texas. Many live in Fort Worth (29,310), Houston (22,960), Austin (9,640), and San Antonio (5,650). These figures will increase between now and 2018 as the industry overall is expected to grow by 22 percent. This will add 279,400 new jobs to a pool of nearly 1.3 million.

Career Outlook

So why the high demand for accountants in the coming years? Thanks to increased public and private scrutiny of companies’ financial activities and an increase in unlawful financial pursuits by companies, crime syndicates, and individuals, the demand for accountants, specifically forensic accountants, will be high. Forensic accountants are responsible for investigating white-collar crimes such as securities fraud, bankruptcy fraud, money laundering, and embezzlement. They’re often called upon to appear as expert witnesses during trials.

For more information about what it takes to become an accountant in Texas, visit the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

Note: The statistics in this article are taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.