Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

Accounting professionals across the nation rank the prestige of the firms they compete against.

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 10,000 accounting professionals filled out Vault's Accounting Survey from November 2013 through January 2014. The survey consisted of questions about life at the professional's firm (or former firm) and a prestige rating. As for the prestige rating, participants were asked to rate companies other than their own on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the most prestigious; participants were asked only to rate firms with which they were familiar, and were not permitted to rate their own (or former) employer. Vault averaged the prestige scores for each firm and ranked them in order.

  • Ranking History

2015 Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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SCORE
8.717

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

American representative  New York-headquartered professional services firm PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP is the U.S. member firm...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.451

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

The name changer  Ernst & Young LLP is a member firm of Big 4 accounting legend EY, a global organization of member firms formally known...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.433

Deloitte LLP

Known throughout the world Deloitte's U.S. operations have more than 60,000 professionals in 90 cities and works in four key business areas: audit...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.520

KPMG LLP

The Big Four's four-lettered firm  With approximately 27,000 employees in more than 100 offices across the U.S., KPMG LLP has rightfully earned...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.677

Grant Thornton LLP

Based in Chicago with an international reach  Grant Thornton LLP is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd. Grant Thornton's...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.054

RSM US LLP

Midwestern giant  McGladrey LLP is one of the largest U.S. providers of assurance, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. The...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.725

BDO USA LLP

The U.S. outpost  BDO USA, LLP (formerly known as BDO Seidman, LLP) is the U.S. member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the world's...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
7
8
SCORE
4.517

Crowe Horwath LLP

New era  With a history that dates back to 1942, Crowe Horwath began as a certified public accounting firm with only two full-time...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
8
9
SCORE
4.299

Moss Adams LLP

Western United States Accounting  Seattle-based Moss Adams is the nation's 15th largest accounting firm by revenue, according to Accounting...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
9
10
SCORE
4.220

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

On the rise Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (commonly known as Baker Tilly) has 31 offices and nearly 2,500 staff members. In October 2014, it merged...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
10
11
SCORE
4.035

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

In the top 10 The 10th-largest CPA and consulting firm in the country according to Accounting Today's 2015 Top 100 rankings, CliftonLarsonAllen...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
12
12
SCORE
4.000

Plante Moran

Celebrating more than 90 years of excellence  Now in its 91st year of operation, Michigan-based Plante Moran is one of the largest accounting...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
11
13
SCORE
3.889

BKD, LLP

Small town values   Based in Missouri, the nearly 90-year old BKD brings old-fashioned Midwestern values to the world of big time accounting....

TRENDING

2014 Rank
15
14
SCORE
3.768

CohnReznick LLP

One of America's largest firms  New York-headquartered CohnReznick is one of the largest accounting firms in the country. The firm is the result...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
17
15
SCORE
3.732

Rothstein Kass

Financial services experts   New Jersey's Rothstein Kass was founded in 1959, and over 50 years later, it has grown into the 20th-largest...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
13
16
SCORE
3.646

EisnerAmper LLP

Big Apple firm New York City-based EisnerAmper LLP has 1,200 employees who work out of offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and the...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
14
17
SCORE
3.638

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Getting bigger down South  Dixon Hughes Goodman is the largest accounting firm headquartered in the South and the 16th-largest in the nation...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
16
18
SCORE
3.524

CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

Joined at the hip CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) are independent businesses, associated through an alternative practice structure; this...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
18
19
SCORE
3.192

Marcum LLP

Up, up and away Marcum LLP is a New York-based accounting firm with U.S. offices in California, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey,...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
21
20
SCORE
3.166

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Southern accountants Cherry Bekaert is the 28th-largest CPA firm in the country, according to Accounting Today's 2012 Top 100 Firms list, a...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
19
21
SCORE
3.126

ParenteBeard LLC

Accounting in the City of Brotherly Love Headquartered in Philadelphia, ParenteBeard has offices in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Maryland,...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
20
22
SCORE
3.082

UHY Advisors, Inc.

Only getting better Formed through the merger of seven regional accounting and other professional service firms, UHY Advisors (formerly...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
23
23
SCORE
3.058

Eide Bailly LLP

Up in Fargo One of the 25 largest U.S. accounting firms, Eide Bailly has roots that can be traced to 1917 when John A. "Jack" Cull opened...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
25
24
SCORE
2.888

Cohen & Company

Beyond Ohio Cohen & Company is an accounting firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. In addition to Cleveland, the firm has three offices in Ohio, as well...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
24
25
SCORE
2.874

Wipfli LLP

Decades of service  Wipfli LLP began in 1930 when Wisconsin native Clarence Wipfli opened an accounting practice in Wausau, Wis., where the...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
22
26
SCORE
2.788

WeiserMazars

1920s firm rises to No. 20   Formerly known as MR Weiser, New York-based Weiser LLP was founded in 1921. Today, the firm has four offices...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
26
27
SCORE
2.707

Friedman LLP

Shorter and stronger  For most of its life, Friedman LLP operated under a much longer moniker: Friedman Alpren & Green LLP. The firm was...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
28
28
SCORE
2.691

RubinBrown

Almost top 50 In addition to audit, assurance, tax and forensic accounting services, RubinBrown provides investment advisory services to individuals,...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
37
29
SCORE
2.675

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Max, Max & David Anchin, Block & Anchin is named for its three founders-Max Anchin, Max Block and David Anchin-who formed the firm in...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
27
30
SCORE
2.598

The Siegfried Group

The Siegfried Group is a Wilmington-Del.-based CPA firm with 16 offices in the U.S. The firm employs more than 300 accounting professionals who serve...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
29