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Firm Administrator Salary Survey

I receive many inquiries about hiring a firm administrator, coaching a firm administrator, setting expectations for a firm administrator and how much to pay a firm administrator.

The role of the professional CPA firm administrator has been elevated to a key management role in most CPA firms. As the expertise, experience and reputation of firm administrators has grown so has the salary.

If you are wondering how much to pay or if what you are paying is on target, you can find out from the 2012 AAA Salary Survey.

The 2012 Association for Accounting Administration’s Compensation Survey was designed as a quick reference tool providing information relative to professionals managing accounting practices. The survey addresses gross billings for firms, firm size, compensation and benefits, hours worked, years of administration experience, administrator billable hours and location. The results indicate the spirit of a profession whose future is growing and evolving.

Members ONLY may view the survey results. Yes, that means if you are not a member, you do not have access. However, for most firms, it’s worth the cost of membership just to have this one benefit. Visit the Association’s website and select the Membership tab, select Join AAA to see the categories and costs. AAA membership is a great investment in the success of your firm.


"It's not your salary that makes you rich, it's your spending habits."
Charles Jaffe








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Rita Keller is a nationally known CPA firm management consultant, speaker, author, mentor and blogger. She is a former shareholder and administrative partner in a successful, regional CPA firm and has over 30 years hands-on experience in CPA firm management, marketing, technology and administrative operations. She works with firms across the country focusing on people, partners and internal management issues.

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