By Ariana Handorf | December 5, 2023

CHICAGO, Illinois (December 5, 2023) —Brilliant®, an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting firm specializing in accounting, finance, audit, tax and technology, published multiple 2024 Salary Guides this week for various roles and markets.

The Brilliant 2024 Accounting and Finance Midwest Salary Guide includes base salary information for entry-level through c-suite positions within the Greater Chicago area across 12 categories including corporate accounting, corporate finance, financial systems, internal audit/SOX, tax, treasury, financial reporting, project management, accounts payable/accounts receivable, payroll, credit & collections and billing. Salaries are expected to remain competitive throughout the accounting and finance functions next year yielding a moderate increase of 3.5% across most roles, and upwards of 8.5% for certain segments.

The Brilliant 2024 Accounting and Finance Southeast Salary Guide covers similar categories as the Midwest accounting and finance version with the baseline targeting the Fort Lauderdale/Miami market. Many of the roles, especially at the staff level, are expected to increase significantly from this year—in some cases 10% to 15% higher. The South Florida market continues to see a significant influx of new residents and businesses moving into the area from all parts of the U.S., and even Europe and Latin America. As a result, salaries are spiking to compete in attracting and retaining top-tier professionals.

The Brilliant 2024 Technology Salary Guide covers base salaries from entry-level through c-suite positions across 10 categories including database administration; QA and testing; internet and e-commerce; networking and telecommunications; security; software development; technical services, help desk and support; administration; applications development; and consulting and systems integration. As tech trends shift due to the evolving workforce and economy, the need for specialized technology experts changes. With the onslaught of AI tools and a largely remote workforce, technology salaries are expected to remain relatively flat. Brilliant expects an average of 1% to 3% increases in a multitude of technology roles with Chicago as the baseline.

Brilliant CEO Jim Wong explains, “In an evolving post-pandemic climate, businesses continue to face hiring challenges. Many businesses are adjusting to the shifting market by offering higher compensation packages. However, increasing compensation is only one piece of the puzzle in a much larger picture.” Wong continues, “Crafting a comprehensive strategy to attract and retain top talent will be crucial for achieving business success in 2024 and beyond.”

Brilliant is dedicated to keeping corporate professionals, hiring managers and human resources managers up to date with information affecting the labor market and their professions.

To determine the salaries, Brilliant considered company size, experience level, certifications, demand of the role, proprietary research, market trends and competitive analysis. Salaries are divided into three categories: low, mid and high ranges to take into account the various factors.

Salaries for other major U.S. cities outside of the Midwest and Southeast locations can be calculated with the information found in each guide’s Appendix.

To download the Brilliant 2024 Salary Guides or to learn more about Brilliant, click here.

About Brilliant®  

Brilliant is an award-winning direct-hire, contract and consulting firm specializing in accounting, finance, audit, tax, technology and business solutions for the Midwest and Southeast regions of the U.S. labor markets.

The firm represents top talent and engages businesses looking for consultative or permanent resources in the areas of accounting, finance, audit, tax, financial systems, data analytics, technology and more. Together with its resources, Brilliant provides the business solutions needed to help clients achieve their goals. Many of its team members are former accounting and finance experts from the Big 4 audit and accounting firms, and former technology professionals who know the fields and markets.

Since its inception in 2009, Brilliant has ranked on major award lists including Forbes America’s Best Professional Recruiting Firms (No. 2 in 2018), Forbes America’s Best Executive Recruiting Firms, Crain’s Chicago Business Fast 50 (No. 1 in 2015), Staffing Industry Analysts Fastest-Growing U.S. Staffing Firms (No. 2 in 2015), ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Talent, ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Client,  ClearlyRated’s Best of Staffing Employee, Inc. 5000, Best Places to Work South Florida, 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For®, and others.

To learn more about Brilliant, its business solutions and its team, visit or follow @Brilliantfs on social media.


Media Contact:

Ariana Handorf
Marketing & Operations Specialist

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