The national average salary for finance and accounting professionals is expected to decline slightly next year by 0.85 percent, with CFOs and treasurers taking an even bigger hit of 7.7 percent, according to a survey by staffing company Ajilon Professional Staffing.

Accounting firm partner salaries are expected to fall 6 percent, director salaries by 4 percent, and manager salaries by 3 percent.

However, a newly released salary guide by Ajilon found that the accounting profession is expected to grow in size and scope in 2010 as proposed changes in regulation and compliance create new roles for accounting professionals.

“Despite a still weak labor market, we are seeing continued demand for skilled finance and accounting professionals in almost all industries and regions nationwide,” said Doug Arms, chief talent officer of Ajilon Professional Staffing.

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