#14. California-Lexington Park, Maryland

- Average annual salary: $90,370

- Median annual salary: $89,260

- Total employment: 230 (5.0 per 1,000 jobs)

California-Lexington Park, Maryland, has a diversified economy, with a large military population, increasing technology and aerospace sectors, and, of course, financial opportunities. Maryland’s CPAs often work for top accounting firms with offices in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Some major firms include PricewaterhouseCoopers, located in McLean, Virginia, and KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young, where offices are located in the nation’s capital. The largest accounting firms include American Express Tax and Business Services and Clifton Gunderson. Forensic accountants command six-figure salaries on average in the area. The cost of living in California-Lexington Park, Maryland is higher than the national average.

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