The average pay for a corporate accountant is $79,300 a year, according to data compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
It includes compensation and benefits, including retirement.
But for most of the rest of us, it’s much more.
Some professionals, such as accounting teachers and other high-school-age students, are eligible for more generous salaries.
Pay is a big part of the reason that the top earners in the U.S. are also earning more than the average worker.
Some experts say that’s a reflection of the high cost of living in many countries, as well as the difficulty of making ends meet.
Most people don’t have enough money to live on, even if they want to.