Top Ranked

Vault Accounting 50

This VAULT ACCOUNTING 50 is compiled using a weighted formula that reflects the issues accounting professionals care most about, combining quality of life rankings (such as culture, satisfaction, work/life balance, and compensation) with overall prestige.

  • Survey Methodology

    When Vault asks accounting professionals what matters most to them in choosing an employer, they continually tell us that although prestige is important, it's not the only determining factor. In addition to prestige, accounting professionals find the following factors extremely important: firm culture, type of work, location, work/life balance, compensation, business outlook, and training opportunities.

    As a result of these findings, Vault has compiled a weighted formula that reflects the issues job seekers care about most. We believe that this formula showcases those accounting firms deemed the Best to Work For. The Vault Accounting 50 is based on the following:

    • 40 percent prestige
    • 20 percent firm culture
    • 10 percent work/life balance
    • 10 percent compensation
    • 10 percent overall job satisfaction
    • 5 percent business outlook
    • 5 percent formal training

  • Ranking History

2015 Vault Accounting 50

1
SCORE
8.354

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

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

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2014 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.220

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...

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2014 Rank
4
3
SCORE
8.080

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...

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2014 Rank
2
4
SCORE
7.710

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...

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2014 Rank
6
5
SCORE
7.572

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...

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2014 Rank
3
6
SCORE
7.238

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...

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2014 Rank
5
7
SCORE
7.030

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...

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2014 Rank
7
8
SCORE
6.821

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...

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2014 Rank
10
9
SCORE
6.675

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...

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2014 Rank
11
10
SCORE
6.462

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...

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2014 Rank
27
11
SCORE
6.456

Moss Adams LLP

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

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2014 Rank
9
12
SCORE
6.396

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...

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2014 Rank
8
13
SCORE
6.322

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
14
14
SCORE
6.292

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...

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2014 Rank
12
15
SCORE
6.200

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
15
16
SCORE
6.111

Armanino LLP

Fast-growing firm Founded in 1953, Armanino is one of the 30 largest accounting firms in the U.S. by revenue. It has nearly 600 professionals...

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2014 Rank
17
17
SCORE
6.062

WithumSmith+Brown, PC

People-focused for 40 years  Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., WithumSmith+Brown provides a long list of services, including accounting, auditing,...

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2014 Rank
13
18
SCORE
6.034

Brown Smith Wallace, LLC

Serving St. Louis Brown Smith Wallace is a Midwest accounting firm that focuses on serving companies in the St. Louis area, where it is based....

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2014 Rank
NR
19
SCORE
5.993

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...

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2014 Rank
31
20
SCORE
5.870

Berdon LLP

New York state of mind Berdon LLP, a full-service accounting and advisory firm, has earned its New York street cred by representing some of the...

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2014 Rank
16
21
SCORE
5.838

Frank Rimerman + Co. LLP

Passion in Palo Alto  Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP specializes in providing accounting services to clients considered to be leaders in their...

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2014 Rank
20
22
SCORE
5.835

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...

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2014 Rank
32
23
SCORE
5.724

Schenck SC

Up in Wisconsin Wisconsin-based Schenck is the 49th-largest CPA firm in the U.S. by revenue, according to Accounting Today's 2015 rankings....

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2014 Rank
23
24
SCORE
5.720

Wipfli LLP

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

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2014 Rank
35
25
SCORE
5.655

SS&G, Inc.

Biggest independent in the Buckeye state  SS&G is an independently owned accounting and management consulting firm headquartered in...

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2014 Rank
22
26
SCORE
5.631

Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company LLP

From Minnesota to China  Lurie Besikof Lapidus & Company was founded in 1940 to serve the Minneapolis business community. Today, LBLCO employs...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
27
SCORE
5.613

Watkins Meegan, L.L.C.

Accounting in the nation's capital  Founded in 1975, Watkins Meegan has more than 200 professionals in four offices in Maryland and Virginia....

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2014 Rank
18
28
SCORE
5.485

Raffa P.C.

Nonprofit experts  Raffa, P.C. is one of the 100 largest firms in the U.S. as measured by annual revenue. The firm is headquartered...

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2014 Rank
NR
29
SCORE
5.387

Rehmann

From humble roots to national presence  Rehmann was ranked No. 29 in Accounting Today's 2015 list of the nation's largest 100 accounting...

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2014 Rank
25
30
SCORE
5.370

Marks Paneth LLP

On the rise in NYC Marks Paneth is headquartered in New York City, and has additional offices in Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Long Island...

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2014 Rank
41
31
SCORE
5.267

Margolin, Winer & Evens LLP

Living large on Long Island  Margolin, Winer & Evens is one of the largest accounting and business advisory firms in the Northeast. MWE has...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
NR
32
SCORE
1.614

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...

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2014 Rank
28
33
SCORE
1.556

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....

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2014 Rank
30
34
SCORE
1.458

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
29
35
SCORE
1.277

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,...

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2014 Rank
34
36
SCORE
1.266

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
33
37
SCORE
1.250

ParenteBeard LLC

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

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2014 Rank
24
38
SCORE
1.233

UHY Advisors, Inc.

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

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2014 Rank
36
39
SCORE
1.155

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...

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2014 Rank
37
40
SCORE
1.115

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...

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2014 Rank
38
41
SCORE
1.076

RubinBrown

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

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2014 Rank
46
42
SCORE
1.070

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
39
43
SCORE
1.039

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
40
43
SCORE
1.039

Novogradac & Company LLP

Climbing to the top In recent years, Novogradac & Company has been inching its way to the top of the charts for the biggest accounting...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
43
44
SCORE
1.036

Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

The young entrepreneurs Joel Cooperman and Niles Citrin were still in their 20s when they founded their eponymous firm in 1979.  The pair...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
42
45
SCORE
1.027

Blum Shapiro & Co, P.C.

Big in New England BlumShapiro is the largerst regional accounting firm based in New England. It has offices in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode...

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2014 Rank
44
46
SCORE
1.002

Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC

Accounting down South Elliott Davis Decosimo is one of the largest accounting, tax, and consulting firms in the Southeast U.S. and one of the...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
21
47
SCORE
0.966

Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.

Bay Area accountants Burr Pilger Mayer is the largest regional accounting and consulting firm in California. Based in the Bay Area, the firm...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
45
48
SCORE
0.962

Blue & Co., LLC

Blooming Blue Blue & Co. is a consulting and CPA firm that was founded in Indianapolis in 1970 by four Indiana University grads; the firm...

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2014 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
0.961

Aronson LLC

Fifty years and counting Founded in 1962, Aronson LLC has become one of the top accounting and consulting operations in the mid-Atlantic region. Firm...

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2014 Rank
NR
49
SCORE
0.961

Hein & Associates

Western accounting Hein is a regional accounting firm with offices in Denver, Houston, Dallas, and Orange County, Calif. The firm has roots that...

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2014 Rank
47
50
SCORE
0.957

Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.

Two men, two offices In 1956, James T. Schneider and Paul Downs went into business together and remained at the helm until their retirement...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
50
50
SCORE
0.957

Weaver LLP

Lone Star State accountant Weaver is a Texas-based accounting firm with a history that goes back some 60 years. The firm's Lone Star State offices are...

TRENDING

2014 Rank
49