Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 8,300 accounting professionals filled out Vault's Accounting Survey from November 2014 to February 2015. 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

2016 Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

1
SCORE
8.816

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

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

TRENDING

2015 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.577

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

2015 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.559

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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2015 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.745

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

2015 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.778

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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2015 Rank
5
6
SCORE
6.219

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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2015 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.912

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

2015 Rank
7
8
SCORE
4.900

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

2015 Rank
8
9
SCORE
4.735

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

2015 Rank
9
10
SCORE
4.519

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

2015 Rank
10
11
SCORE
4.469

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

2015 Rank
11
12
SCORE
4.430

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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2015 Rank
12
13
SCORE
4.307

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

2015 Rank
14
14
SCORE
4.135

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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2015 Rank
13
15
SCORE
4.098

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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2015 Rank
17
16
SCORE
3.937

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

2015 Rank
16
17
SCORE
3.774

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

2015 Rank
18
18
SCORE
3.510

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

2015 Rank
20
19
SCORE
3.385

UHY Advisors, Inc.

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

TRENDING

2015 Rank
22
20
SCORE
3.377

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

2015 Rank
19
21
SCORE
3.352

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

2015 Rank
23
22
SCORE
3.269

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

2015 Rank
25
23
SCORE
3.098

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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2015 Rank
26
24
SCORE
2.994

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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2015 Rank
28
25
SCORE
2.842

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

2015 Rank
24
26
SCORE
2.789

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

2015 Rank
27
27
SCORE
2.736

WithumSmith+Brown, PC

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

TRENDING

2015 Rank
33
28
SCORE
2.726

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

2015 Rank
29
29
SCORE
2.720

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

2015 Rank
31
30
SCORE
2.678

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

2015 Rank
30
31
SCORE
2.576

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
34
32
SCORE
2.571

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

2015 Rank
30
33
SCORE
2.557

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
39
34
SCORE
2.549

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
37
35
SCORE
2.481

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
32
36
SCORE
2.479

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
43
37
SCORE
2.465

O'Connor Davies, LLP

O'Connor Davies is a full-service CPA and advisory firm that provides audit, tax, and advisory services to domestic and international clients. The firm...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
NR
38
SCORE
2.458

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

2015 Rank
35
39
SCORE
2.457

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...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
36
40
SCORE
2.448

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

2015 Rank
38
41
SCORE
2.440

Sikich, LLP

Sikich LLP is an accounting, advisory, investment banking, technology, and managed services firm, with more than 450 employees throughout the U.S....

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2015 Rank
NR
42
SCORE
2.428

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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2015 Rank
42
43
SCORE
2.391

Doeren Mayhew

Up in Michigan Founded in 1932, Michigan-based Doeren Mayhew provides accounting, consulting and business services to middle market, closely held...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
45
44
SCORE
2.389

Decosimo

Combining and growing In January 2015, Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Decosimo merged with Greenville, S.C.-based Elliott Davis to create  Elliott...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
NR
44
SCORE
2.389

Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain, PC (LBMC)

One name, eight companies Founded in Nashville in 1984, Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain ranked No. 54 on Accounting Today's 2008 list of the largest...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
44
45
SCORE
2.380

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

2015 Rank
41
46
SCORE
2.371

Katz, Sapper & Miller, LLP

Indy's No. 1 The largest accounting firm based in Indianapolis and second-largest in Indiana, Katz, Sapper & Miller employs over 300 people, and...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
47
47
SCORE
2.368

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

2015 Rank
41
48
SCORE
2.357

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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2015 Rank
40
49
SCORE
2.356

Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP

Pass and pocket cash An ideal candidate for HA&W would have a degree in accounting (preferably a master's), having had 150 semester...

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2015 Rank
NR
50
SCORE
2.351

Frazier & Deeter, LLC

Southern accountants Frazier & Deeter is a CPA and advisory firm based in Atlanta, Ga. The firm, which also has offices in Alpharetta, Ga.,...

TRENDING

2015 Rank
50