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Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 8,600 accounting professionals filled out Vault's Accounting Survey from December 2016 to February 2017. 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

2018 Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

1
SCORE
8.799

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

New York-headquartered professional services firm PwC LLP is the U.S. member firm of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, whose network of firms...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.675

Deloitte LLP

Deloitte's U.S. operations have more than 78,000 professionals in more than 100 offices who work in four key business areas: audit, advisory, consulting,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.604

Ernst & Young LLP (EY)

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.891

KPMG LLP

With more than 30,000 employees in more than 100offices across all 50 U.S. states, KPMG LLP has rightfully earned its place among accounting's Big 4....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.838

Grant Thornton LLP

Grant Thornton LLP (Grant Thornton) is the U.S. member firm of Grant Thornton International Ltd, one of the world's largest organizations of independent...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.030

BDO USA LLP

BDO USA, LLP is the U.S. member firm of BDO International Ltd., one of the world's largest accounting and consulting networks, with some 1,400 offices in...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.746

RSM US LLP

RSM US LLP (RSM) is the leading U.S. provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. The firm has more than 9,000 employees...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
7
8
SCORE
4.937

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (commonly known as Baker Tilly) has some 35 offices and more than 2,700 staff members. In October 2014, it merged with...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
9
9
SCORE
4.900

Crowe Horwath LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
8
10
SCORE
4.673

Moss Adams LLP

Seattle-based Moss Adams is one of the nation's 15 largest accounting firms by revenue. It has 28 offices, located primarily in the western United...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
10
11
SCORE
4.442

CohnReznick LLP

New York-headquartered CohnReznick is the 11th largest accounting firm in the U.S. by annual revenues. The firm provides accounting, advisory, and tax...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
11
12
SCORE
4.436

CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
12
13
SCORE
4.209

Plante Moran

Now in its 93rd year of operation, Midwest-based Plante Moran is the 14th largest accounting firm in the U.S. It is headquartered in Southfield, Mich., a...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
13
14
SCORE
4.085

BKD, LLP

Based in Missouri, the nearly 90-year old BKD brings old-fashioned Midwestern values to the world of big time accounting. BKD promises to go "beyond your...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
14
15
SCORE
4.040

EisnerAmper LLP

New York City-based EisnerAmper LLP has 1,300 employees who work out of offices in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the Cayman Islands (where the...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
16
16
SCORE
3.983

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Dixon Hughes Goodman is the largest accounting firm headquartered in the South and one of the 20 largest in the nation by revenues. Headquartered in...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
15
17
SCORE
3.656

CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

CBIZ was founded in 1996 as a result of the merger between Republic Environmental Systems and Century Surety Group. The two companies combined to become...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
17
18
SCORE
3.490

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

2017 Rank
19
19
SCORE
3.398

Cherry Bekaert LLP

Richmond, Va.-based  Cherry Bekaert is an accounting and consulting firm with offices throughout the Southeast in states such as North...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
18
20
SCORE
3.300

Eide Bailly LLP

One of the 25 largest U.S. accounting firms, Eide Bailly is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Its roots can be traced to 1917 when John A....

TRENDING

2017 Rank
21
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