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2021 Highest Paid Accounting Graduates

53,997 Bachelor's Degrees
$44,913 Avg Salary
$26,545 Avg Student Debt

Finding the Best Accounting School for You

Highest Paid Accounting GraduatesIn 2018-2019, 53,997 accounting students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #7 most popular in the country. When choosing the right school for you, it's important to arm yourself with all the facts you can. To that end, we've created a number of major-specific rankings, including this Highest Paid Accounting list to help you make the college decision.

This year's Highest Paid Accounting Graduates ranking looked at 602 colleges that offer a bachelor's in accounting.

In this ranking, we use early career salaries - salaries 10 years from when a student started college. This is the salary typically earned 4-6 years after graduation, but may be different depending on how long a person takes to complete their degree.

How Much Do Accounting Majors Make After Graduation?

The average accounting major who graduates from a school in the United States earns about $44,913 per year during the early years of their career. This is great news for these degree holders since it is 13% more than the national average of $39,802 for typical college graduates!

Average Salary for Accounting Graduates from Schools Nationwide  44,913
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National Average Salary for All College Grads (Regardless of Major)  39,802
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2021 Highest Paid Accounting Grads in United States

The highest paid accounting majors graduate from the following colleges and universities.

Top 25 Best Schools for Highly Paid Accounting Graduates

#1

Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Georgetown University landed the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Georgetown is a large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Washington. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $83,100.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Georgetown take out while working on their bachelor's is $14,786. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $161, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#2

Fordham University

Bronx, NY

Fordham University comes in at #2 in this year's ranking. Fordham U is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Bronx. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,300.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Fordham U carry an average student debtload of $21,402. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $255, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#3

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

Santa Clara University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the midsize city of Santa Clara, SCU is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $65,300.

Accounting majors at SCU take out an average of $18,321 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $208.

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#4

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. UPenn is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Philadelphia.

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#4

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

Loyola Marymount University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount is a private not-for-profit school with a moderately-sized student population. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $64,900.

On average, accounting graduates from Loyola Marymount take out $21,575 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $261.

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#5

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, SD

Augustana University earned the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Sioux Falls, Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population.

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#5

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Chestnut Hill, Boston College is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $64,900.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Boston College carry an average student debtload of $15,969. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $176.

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George Washington University earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the city of Washington, GWU is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population.

Accounting majors at GWU take out an average of $20,884 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree.

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#6

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

University of Notre Dame earned the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, accounting majors make an average salary of $64,300.

On average, accounting graduates from Notre Dame take out $18,100 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $197.

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#7

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

Our rankings recognize Bucknell University as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the town of Lewisburg, Bucknell is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in accounting from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $64,100.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Bucknell carry an average student debtload of $23,076. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#8

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, PA

Lehigh University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Lehigh is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the city of Bethlehem. Students who receive their bachelor's in accounting from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $63,900.

Accounting majors at Lehigh take out an average of $19,921 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $225.

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#9

Villanova University

Villanova, PA

Villanova University earned the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings. Villanova is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Villanova. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in accounting from the school is $63,700.

On average, accounting graduates from Villanova take out $23,841 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $278.

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The #10 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Southern California. Located in the large city of Los Angeles, USC is a private not-for-profit school with a very large student population. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, accounting majors make an average salary of $63,400.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at USC accumulate an average of around $20,580 in student debt. When it comes time to repay the loan, graduates who are on a 10-year repayment plan pay an average monthly payment of $213.

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#11

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

University of San Francisco comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of San Francisco, USFCA is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $63,100.

Accounting majors at USFCA take out an average of $21,489 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $241.

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Washington and Lee University landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Located in the town of Lexington, Washington and Lee is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Students who receive their bachelor's in accounting from the school go on to jobs that make an average salary of $62,100.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Washington and Lee take out while working on their bachelor's is $17,616. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $164.

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#13

Iona College

New Rochelle, NY

Iona College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Located in the suburb of New Rochelle, Iona is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from Iona carry an average student debtload of $25,482. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#13

Menlo College

Atherton, CA

Menlo College landed the #13 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Menlo is a fairly small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Atherton. Upon graduating with a bachelor's degree, accounting majors make an average salary of $62,000.

The average amount in student loans that accounting majors at Menlo take out while working on their bachelor's is $21,401. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $239.

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#14

Pepperdine University

Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University earned the #14 spot in our 2021 rankings. Pepperdine is a moderately-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Malibu. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $61,900.

Accounting majors at Pepperdine take out an average of $21,948 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $278.

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The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The College of New Jersey. TCNJ is a medium-sized public school located in the suburb of Ewing. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $61,900.

On average, accounting graduates from TCNJ take out $21,325 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. Assuming that a graduate chooses a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly loan payment is $254.

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#15

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, TX

The #15 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Texas Christian University. Located in the city of Fort Worth, TCU is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

On average, accounting graduates from TCU take out $18,991 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $202, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, VA

University of Richmond landed the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings for highest paid accounting school. Located in the city of University of Richmond, U of Richmond is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in accounting from the school is $61,800.

After completing their bachelor's degree, accounting graduates from U of Richmond carry an average student debtload of $20,152. The average monthly payment of a loan this size is about $223, assuming that the borrower is on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#16

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, NC

The #16 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Wake Forest University. Wake Forest University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Winston-Salem.

While working on their bachelor's, accounting majors at Wake Forest University accumulate an average of around $19,040 in student debt.

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#17

Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

The #17 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Seton Hall University. Located in the large suburb of South Orange, Seton Hall is a private not-for-profit school with a large student population. The average salary for a student who gets a bachelor's degree in accounting from the school is $61,800.

Accounting majors at Seton Hall take out an average of $22,752 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $280.

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#18

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Molloy College comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre, Molloy is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $61,700.

On average, accounting graduates from Molloy take out $24,936 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. This translates to an average monthly loan payment of $264, based on a 10-year repayment plan.

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#19

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Delaware. U of Delaware is a very large public school located in the suburb of Newark. Accounting majors who obtain their bachelor's from the school make an average salary of $61,600.

Accounting majors at U of Delaware take out an average of $21,675 in student loans while working on their bachelor's degree. For students who choose a 10-year repayment plan, the average monthly student loan payment is $270.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Highest Paid Accounting Graduates

#26

Loyola University Maryland

Baltimore, MD
#30

Hartwick College

Oneonta, NY
#31

Yeshiva University

New York, NY
#32

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN
#32

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, PA
#33

Stonehill College

Easton, MA
#36

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, VA
#37

Muhlenberg College

Allentown, PA
#38

Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY
#39

Pace University - New York

New York, NY
#40

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#41

Providence College

Providence, RI
#42

Baylor University

Waco, TX
#44

Fairfield University

Fairfield, CT
#45

Bentley University

Waltham, MA
#46

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI
#47

Elon University

Elon, NC

Additional Award Winners

This section shows the remainder of the schools awarded a Highest Paid Accounting Graduates badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 602 different United States accounting schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
48 California State University - Northridge Northridge, CA
49 University of Oklahoma Norman Campus Norman, OK
50 DePaul University Chicago, IL
50 Adelphi University Garden City, NY
51 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
52 Manhattan College Riverdale, NY
52 University of Denver Denver, CO
53 Roger Williams University Bristol, RI
54 Anderson University Indiana Anderson, IN
54 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
55 Washington University in St Louis Saint Louis, MO
55 Bryant University Smithfield, RI
56 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
56 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
57 University of Georgia Athens, GA
58 Stevenson University Stevenson, MD
59 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
60 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
61 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
62 Grove City College Grove City, PA
62 Ramapo College of New Jersey Mahwah, NJ
63 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
64 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
65 Rutgers University - Newark Newark, NJ
66 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
67 Creighton University Omaha, NE
68 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
69 Howard University Washington, DC
70 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, CA
71 Hope College Holland, MI
72 Marist College Poughkeepsie, NY
73 Purdue University - Main Campus West Lafayette, IN
74 Bradley University Peoria, IL
75 Pennsylvania State University - World Campus University Park, PA
76 Pennsylvania State University - Harrisburg Middletown, PA
77 Pennsylvania State University - Erie - Behrend College Erie, PA
78 Pennsylvania State University - Berks Reading, PA
79 Pennsylvania State University - Abington Abington, PA
80 Pennsylvania State University - University Park University Park, PA
81 Touro College New York, NY
82 Gustavus Adolphus College Saint Peter, MN
83 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
84 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
85 Susquehanna University Selinsgrove, PA
86 Houston Baptist University Houston, TX
87 University of St Thomas Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
88 University of Tulsa Tulsa, OK
88 University of Scranton Scranton, PA
89 Trinity University San Antonio, TX
89 La Salle University Philadelphia, PA
90 Calvin University Grand Rapids, MI
90 American University Washington, DC
91 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
93 Abilene Christian University Abilene, TX
96 University of Hartford West Hartford, CT

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Highest Paid Accounting Graduates award.

Rank College Location
91 College of Saint Benedict Saint Joseph, MN
92 Salisbury University Salisbury, MD
93 Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Baton Rouge, LA
94 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
95 Elmhurst University Elmhurst, IL
96 Concordia College at Moorhead Moorhead, MN
97 University of Missouri - Columbia Columbia, MO
97 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
98 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
99 Whitworth University - Adult Degree Programs Spokane, WA
100 Northern Illinois University Dekalb, IL
100 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
101 University of La Verne La Verne, CA
102 Saint Norbert College De Pere, WI
103 Whitworth University Spokane, WA
103 Ithaca College Ithaca, NY
104 Seattle University Seattle, WA
104 Ohio Wesleyan University Delaware, OH
105 Oakland University Rochester Hills, MI
106 University of North Texas Denton, TX
107 Drake University Des Moines, IA
108 Oklahoma State University - Main Campus Stillwater, OK
109 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
110 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
111 SUNY Oneonta Oneonta, NY
112 University of Dayton Dayton, OH
113 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
114 St. Francis College Brooklyn Heights, NY
115 University of Washington - Bothell Campus Bothell, WA
116 Western Connecticut State University Danbury, CT
116 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA
117 Illinois State University Normal, IL
118 University of Washington - Tacoma Campus Tacoma, WA
119 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
120 Saint Johns University Collegeville, MN
124 Berry College Mount Berry, GA

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Region
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New England
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The Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

One of 21 majors within the Business, Management & Marketing area of study, Accounting has other similar majors worth exploring.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Business Administration & Management 172,408
Finance & Financial Management 46,736
Marketing 44,258
General Business/Commerce 25,818
Human Resource Management 11,757

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Notes and References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
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