The average salary rose five per cent to £64,022, according to a survey conducted by financial services recruiter Marks Sattin.
But it was a bigger-than-expected bonus pool that boosted bean counters’ pay packets, with the average bonus jumping from just over £9,500 to more than £11,000 in 2012/13.
Around 47 per cent received a bonus this year, up from 45 per cent a year ago.
“Obviously accountants are not immune from the gloomy economic news, hence their understated bonus expectations,” said Dave Way, deputy managing director of Marks Sattin.
“But the news is actually very good for them – these figures represent the third year in a row of solid, above inflation, pay growth,” Sattin added.