The hiring outlook for 2009 remains bright for many workers in the accounting and finance fields, according to a salary guide released by Robert Half International. The guide forecasts salaries will rise 3.4% for finance and accounting staff.
The top three positions, according to the Robert Half International 2009 Salary Guide for accounting and finance positions, are:
Staff and senior accountants. Demand is strong for those who have one to three years of experience. Starting salaries for these positions at large firms (more than $250 million in sales) are projected to range from $44,500 to $57,250.
Public accountants. Firms are seeking experienced accountants who can replace retiring baby boomers. Starting salaries for senior accountants in tax services at small public accounting firms (less than $25 million in sales) are forecast to be $54,000 to $69,250.
Credit and collections clerks. Firms are looking
for those who can help cut inefficiencies and enhance profits. Hires
at midsize companies ($25 million to $250 million in sales) are
expected to have starting salaries of $29,250 to $37,500.
Source: Robert Half International, www.rhi.com.