Robert Half releases "2008 Salary Guide"
MENLO PARK, CA (Robert Half International) -- Starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals are expected to increase an average of 4.3 percent in the coming year, according to the just-released 2008 Salary Guide from . Public accountants, financial analysts and internal auditors are projected to see the largest gains.
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Robert Half International is the worldâ€™s first and largest staffing services firm specializing in accounting and finance. Robert Halfâ€™s financial staffing divisions include AccountempsÂ®, Robert HalfÂ® Finance & Accounting and Robert HalfÂ® Management Resources, for temporary, full-time and senior-level project professionals, respectively. The 2008 Salary Guide is based on an analysis of the thousands of job placements managed by the companyâ€™s U.S. offices.
â€œCompetition for skilled financial professionals has prompted many companies to offer higher compensation to attract and retain top performers,â€ said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. â€œEmployers seek staff who possess broad skill sets -- in addition to expertise in their functional areas. This includes information technology proficiency and strong communication abilities.â€
Not surprisingly, experienced candidates have greater leverage in negotiating compensation, and salaries for the most in-demand specialties are rising faster than the national average. Nationwide, demand is particularly strong among commercial construction, financial services and healthcare firms, Robert Half research shows.
Corporate Accounting: Salaries Rise for Analyst, Internal Audit Positions
Business expansion and ongoing corporate governance initiatives are fueling hiring among corporate accounting and finance departments. Entry-level financial, budget, treasury and cost analysts at large companies (more than $250 million in sales) are expected to see the biggest increases in base pay in 2008, with the average starting salary expected to rise 6.9 percent, to between $38,250 and $47,500 annually. Internal audit managers at large companies are forecast to receive starting compensation between $81,500 and $109,500 annually, an increase of 6.7 percent over last yearâ€™s projections.
Public Accounting Outlook
Steady hiring is expected to continue in public accounting as firms seek staff to help deliver an expanding set of service offerings. Average starting salaries for senior managers and directors at midsize firms ($25 million to $250 million in sales) are projected to increase 7.7 percent in the year ahead, to between $88,250 and $129,250.
Professionals with one to three years of experience also are highly sought as firms look to address rising workloads and hire their next generation of leaders. At small firms (up to $25 million in sales), professionals at this stage of their careers can expect a 7.7 percent increase in average starting salaries, to a range of $44,750 to $53,250.
Banking and Financial Services Outlook
In 2008, commercial lenders with more than five years of experience can anticipate a 4.7 percent gain in starting salaries, to a range of $82,000 to $107,500. Average starting salaries for hedge fund accountants are expected to rise 6.5 percent, to between $46,250 and $64,500.
All salaries listed in the 2008 Salary Guide from Robert Half International are national averages. Because hiring activity and compensation vary significantly by industry and geographic market, the Salary Guide includes a regional analysis of hiring trends and compensation variances for select U.S. markets.