Accountancy Salary Guide for 2023

Accurate commentary for salary reviews, recruitment of staff, and retention of key talent is now absolutely essential. Published in March 2023, we have created our most comprehensive and up-to-date guide on pay and reward in the Northern Ireland marketplace.

The tables below provide guidance on basic salary levels for a range of positions. No consideration of benefits, bonuses, or other emoluments is included in these ranges. The information has been summarised by the Accountancy Recruitment team at Abacus Careers and is based upon salary information provided by candidates in-post throughout 2022.

Just scroll left and right to view salary tables Professional Practice and Industry based positions.

Industry Based

Qualified Accountants – Industry Trained Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) Transactional Finance Part-Qualified Accountants Support Staff
Qualified Accountants Industry Trained Salary Low Salary Average Salary High
Newly Qualified £ 34,000 £38,000 £42,000
2-4 years PQE (Senior Accountant) £ 44,000 £48,000 £55,000
5+ years PQE (Financial Controller) £ 55,000 £65,000 £75,000
10+ years PQE (Financial Director) £ 85,000 + £95,000 £120,000+

Accountancy: Professional Practice

Tax/Insolvency/Consulting Audit & Assurance/General Practice
Tax/Audit/Consulting Big 4 Mid-Tier Firm
Equity Partner/Director £ 150,000 + £ 100,000 +
Director (non-equity) £ 90,000 + £ 75,000 +
Senior Manager £ 60-80,000 £ 50-65,000
Manager £ 45-55,000 £ 40-48,000
Assistant Manager £ 40-45,000 £ 38-40,000

For further advice or perspective on the information provided please contact one of the Accountancy Recruitment team who will be glad to assist.

Finally, please reference the range and role of benefits on offer when considering the issue of reward. Make sure to visit our associated page ‘Benefits & Total Reward’ which features an example of the financial impact benefits can make.