CA is a professional program, which enhances the skills of an individual. It shapes the person to perform multiple tasks. Therefore, they are not only restricted to one job profile. Rather it opens opportunities for different profiles.

To become a CA, a CA aspirant has to follow the sequence of three levels, starting with CA Foundation, earlier known as CPT, an entry-level exam, followed by CA Inter, three-year Article-ship, and the CA final step Final. CA exams are held by ICAI, the only legal body in India which holds the CA exam, and exams are held twice a year, once in May and the second time in November.

Salary of a CA

The salary of a CA is determined based on skillset and practical knowledge acquired by an individual. Also, the salary of each company is different for different sectors. However, a person working as an auditor in company "A" can have a higher salary than a person working as an auditor in company "B".

Salary of CA is categorized based on the CA being a:

(a) Fresher

(b) Cleared CA with AIR

(c) Experienced

(a) Fresher

 A fresher who has completed CA Final can get a job with an average salary package of 5 to 7 lakh per annum. The average salary package of the big 4 CA firms is 12 to 25 lacs per annum. However, the salary of each fresher is different from another depending upon the skills and proficiency level. 

(b) Cleared CA with AIR

Students who qualify CA with AIR are paid a good salary compared to other students. The Air holders are shortlisted on a priority basis. This is because their profile attracts the companies, and they have higher chances of getting a good salary package.

(c) Experienced

Then comes the experienced CA's. At the time of appointment of a CA and acknowledging the skill, his or her experience is also considered. For example, a person with up to 5 years of experience in the finance department can have an average salary of 12 to 15 lacs per annum. 

The table given below illustrates the per annum salary of Chartered Accountant on the basis of experience.

Year of Experience CA Salary
P. Annum
0-5 7 lakhs
5-10 12 lakhs
10-20 20 lakhs
Above 20 50-70 lakhs

  • Please note: The above data is estimates, in real life practice the per annum salary of a CA can differ from the data provided.

Salary of CA in India and International world

The starting average salary package in India is 6-7 lakhs per annum. However, with the increase in experience and knowledge, the salary of CA keeps on increasing, ranging upto30-35 lakhs and even higher.

United Kingdom, Canada, Switzerland, Australia are some countries that pay good salary packages to CAs. The highest salary packages range from70-75 lakhs per annum. 

Although, a higher salary package is given to rank holders and the students who pass out in the first attempt. Nevertheless, you should not be mistaken. Any other individual can earn as much as them or even higher with good knowledge and a higher skill set.

Chartered Accountant Salary in India on the Basis of Skills

Analytical, compliance and reporting skills are the three most important skills which determine the salary of a Chartered Accountant. The table given below depicts the salary on the basis of various skills.

Account management 7-7.25 lakhs
Accounting 7.25-7.50 lakhs
Auditing 7-7.5 lakhs
Budget management 9-11 lakhs
Evaluation and management auditing 8.5-9 lakhs
Financial advisor 9-10.5 lakhs
Financial analysis 10-12 lakhs
Financial reporting 8.-8.5 lakhs
Internal audit 7.25-7.35 lakhs
SAP financial accounting and controlling 8.10-8.25 lakhs
Strategic accounts 8.5-9.5 lakhs
Tax compliance 7-7.1 lakhs
Tax consulting 7.10-7.25 lakhs

  •  Please note: The above-given data is estimated data. The salary of CA depends upon the level of skills acquired by an individual.

Chartered Accountant Salary in India on the Basis of Job Profiles

Given below is the list of Chartered accountant salaries on the basis of their job profiles.

Job Profile CA Salary per annum
Accountant 15 lakhs
Account assistant 3 lakhs
Account executive 2.5-3 lakhs
Assistant account manager 5 lakhs
Business analyst 4 lakhs
Chartered accountant 22-25 lakhs
Financial analyst 5-6 lakhs
Finance controller 20 lakhs
Finance manager 9-10 lakhs
Financial officer 15-17 lakhs
Senior accountant 8-8.5 lakhs
Senior account executive 12-15 lakhs

  • Please note: The above-given data is an estimate. The salary of CA depends upon the job role and company an individual gets into.

In conclusion, the salary of a CA is determined on various aspects, and it does not restrict to one single domain. Hard work and a good skill set are among the most important factors responsible for the salary of a CA. Also, the Article-ship experience of an individual is equally important in earning a good salary. Therefore, hard work and a good skill set are among the most important factors responsible for a CA's salary.


Ques 1. Can a CA also do a government job?

Ans. 1. Undoubtedly, yes, CA is eligible to apply in multiple fields. TRAI, IIFT, Opal, HPCL and other government organizations hire CAs because of their uniqueness to multi-task.

Ques 2. what about students who have not completed their CA or the scope of students whose CA is not completed?

Ans. 2. Do not feel helpless or disheartened, and many opportunities or options are waiting for students whose CA is not completed.

As a CA aspirant has in-depth knowledge of CA course and their understanding of the subjects is strong. Therefore, they can teach or guide CA candidates. In addition, a student can teach a specific subject and become a subject matter expert. They can join an organization as an auditor, financial manager, marketing manager, marketing advisor, associate accountant, and more. A candidate can also get contract basis work from CA firms. Also, a graduate student who has not completed their CA is eligible for many job opportunities such as investment advisor, financial advisor, risk advisor analytical advisor and can do research and much more.

Ques 3. What are the roles and responsibilities of a CA?

Ans. 3. The roles and responsibilities of CA are uncountable, but the main roles and responsivities include 

1. Providing financial advice 

 2. Monitoring the budget 

 3. Maintain reports 

 4. Advice for cost-cutting and increasing profit 

 5. Auditing

 6. Analyzing risk