I often receive the question, “Big 4 Guru, how much will the Big 4 pay me if I get hired?” My response is always, “I don’t know and it doesn’t matter”.
If you want to be in accounting, working at the Big 4 will give you the best Launchpad to begin. The firms are always ranked in the top of Newsweek’s “Best Place to Launch Your Career” and always will be. This is an opportunity, that will change your life and the pay will be very good for an entry-level position straight out of university. More importantly, you will learn information that will change you life and make you very valuable in your professional career.
In this article, while I can’t tell you exactly what you’ll make, I’ll try to give you a broad idea. Based on my research and knowledge of the industry from working on multiple office for one of the Big 4, you pay will vary based on where you live. Each firm has “cost of living adjustments” for the different cities. As you’ll see below, these are estimates based on 2013 data I was able to find.
New York $57,000 | Chicago $55,000 | Dallas $50,000 Atlanta $48,000 | Seattle $46,000 | Miami $49,000 | Kansas City $43,000
New York $58,000 | Chicago $56,000 | Dallas $51,000 Atlanta $48,000 | Seattle $46,000 | Miami $49,000 | Kansas City $43,000
New York $59,000 | Chicago $56,000 | Dallas $52,000 | Atlanta $48,000 | Miami $52,000