Starting salaries for accounting and finance professionals will increase an average of 4.3 percent in the year ahead, predicted the 2008 Salary Guide from staffing firm Robert Half International.

In public accounting, steady hiring is expected to continue, as firms seek staff to help deliver an expanding set of services. Average starting salaries for senior managers and directors at midsized firms – those with between $25 million and $250 million in revenue – are projected to increase 7.7 percent in the next year, in a range of $88,250 to $129,250.

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