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Top 10 Highest Paying Accounting Careers


If you’re someone who’s good with numbers, the accounting industry may be exactly what you’re looking for. Find out about the Top 10 Highest Paying Accounting Careers and what they do.


1) Financial Controller 

Average Salary: $51,257 – $114,019

Job Description: A company’s controller is the chief accounting officer and heads the accounting department. The controller is responsible for the company’s financial statements, general ledger, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, budgeting and tax compliance.


2) CMA (Certified Management Accountant)

Average Salary: $43,752 – $112,751

Job Description: The CMA is responsible to assess both accounting and administrative controls and prepare reports for the management team regarding corporate compliance and internal policies and procedures.


3) Chartered Accountant 

Average Salary: $42,166 – $107,475

Job Description: Chartered accountants provide professional advice about financial decisions and profitability. They create financial reports and documents and are involved in financial reporting, auditing, taxation and corporate finance.


4) Bank Branch Manager 

Average Salary: $45,137 – $96,634

Job Description: A branch manager is responsible for all of the functions of a branch office, like hiring employees, approving loans and lines of credit as well as marketing the branch. They build a rapport with the community to attract business and assisting customers with account problems.


5) CGA (Certified General Accountant) 

Average Salary: $39,757 – $91,171

Job Description: A certified general accountant reviews an organization’s financial reporting mechanisms, policies or processes and ensures that they adhere to industry standards, corporate rules and regulatory requirements.


6) Senior Accountant 

Average Salary: $46,217 – $79,696

Job Description: Accounting and related clerks calculate, prepare and process bills, invoices, accounts payable and receivable, budgets and other financial records according to established procedures.


7) Financial Analyst 

Average Salary: $41,387 – $78,482

Job Description: Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals making investment decisions. They assess the performance of stocks, bonds, and other types of investments.


 8) Credit Supervisor

Average Salary: $35,677 – $68,330

Job Description: A credit supervisor oversees the credit and collection activities for a company. They may also perform tasks in regards to credit and collection activities like accounting or customer service clerks.


9) Staff Accountant 

Average Salary: $33,587 – $58,804

Job Description: Staff accountants work under the supervision of a controller, director or certified public accountant (CPA). They maintain financial reports, records, and general ledgers. They also prepare and analyze budgets in addition to general bookkeeping.


10) Bookkeeper

Average Salary: $29,341 – $57,073

Job Description: Bookkeepers maintain complete sets of books, keep records of accounts, verify the procedures used for recording financial transactions, and provide personal bookkeeping services.

Get Accounting Training

If you’re interested in beginning a career in accounting, Brighton College is a registered partner with the CPA (Canadian Payroll Association) which delivers the PCP Certification.

Try out a free information session or give us a call at 604-430-5608 for more details on how to get started.

Learn more about our Accounting Programs

*Data taken from Payscale and WorkBC

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