#13. Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, Massachusetts, New Hampshire

- Average annual salary: $90,690

- Median annual salary: $82,720

- Total employment: 30,130 (11.6 per 1,000 jobs)

Boston’s booming economy has a wide range of industries in need of accountants, whether for educational institutions or entrepreneurs setting up shop. The finance industry overall has a strong presence in Massachusetts with 560 firms and 1,785 financial advisors, according to the U.S. News & World Report. Massachusetts startups had a lucrative year, raising a record-breaking $17.4 billion in venture capital within the first six months, surpassing the total amount last year. Massachusetts ranked third in the country for venture capital investments, behind California and New York. The average hourly wage for accountants and auditors in the Boston area was $43.60 in May 2020, compared to the national average of $39.26, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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