Hawthorne, N.Y. (Jan. 9, 2004) -- Although accountants' salaries vary widely, the CPA license is still a major factor in determining salary -- CPAs are more than twice as likely as their non-CPA counterparts to have a salary of $60,000 or more, according to a survey by SmartPros.

Nearly half (48 percent) of the 2,100 respondents to the online survey, conducted from October through December 2003, have a CPA license. Of those who are CPAs, 65 percent made $60,000 or more, compared to 27 percent of non-CPAs. Respondents included bookkeepers, chief financial officers, controllers, managing partners and staff accountants.

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