Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 8,600 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 80,000 professionals in more than 100 offices who work in several key business areas: audit & assurance,...

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
21
SCORE
3.241

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

2017 Rank
22
22
SCORE
3.042

Mazars USA LLP

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

2017 Rank
23
23
SCORE
3.006

RubinBrown

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
24
24
SCORE
2.988

UHY Advisors, Inc.

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
20
25
SCORE
2.973

Cohen & Company

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
26
26
SCORE
2.918

Citrin Cooperman & Company, LLP

Joel Cooperman and Niles Citrin were still in their 20s when they founded their eponymous firm in 1979. The pair started their careers at a larger,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
27
27
SCORE
2.903

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

2017 Rank
33
28
SCORE
2.866

Friedman LLP

Headquartered in Manhattan with locations throughout New Jersey, Long Island, Philadelphia, and Beijing, Friedman LLP has been providing accounting, tax,...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
28
29
SCORE
2.839

Armanino LLP

Founded in1969, Armanino is one of the 25 largest accounting firms in the U.S. by revenue. It's also the largest accounting and business consulting firm...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
32
30
SCORE
2.816

Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP

Anchin, Block & Anchin is named for its three founders-Max Anchin, Max Block and David Anchin-who formed the firm in 1923. Today it's no longer just...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
29
31
SCORE
2.735

Blum Shapiro & Co, P.C.

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
25
32
SCORE
2.683

Berdon LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
36
33
SCORE
2.673

PKF O'Connor Davies

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
35
34
SCORE
2.668

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

2017 Rank
34
35
SCORE
2.648

Elliott Davis

Elliott Davis ranks among the top 30 accounting, tax and consulting firms in the U.S.  As one of the largest firms in the Southeast, with offices in...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
31
36
SCORE
2.636

Withum

Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., WithumSmith+Brown provides a long list of services, including accounting, auditing, employee benefit services, pension...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
30
37
SCORE
2.550

Marks Paneth LLP

Marks Paneth is headquartered in New York City, with additional offices in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. It is one of...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
38
38
SCORE
2.534

Frank Rimerman + Co. LLP

Frank, Rimerman + Co. LLP specializes in providing accounting services to clients considered to be leaders in their industries. This includes many...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
42
39
SCORE
2.523

Sikich, LLP

Founded in 1982, Sikich LLP is now one of the 35 largest CPA firms in the U.S., as measured by revenues. The firm offers accounting, advisory, investment...

TRENDING

2017 Rank
45
40
SCORE
2.501

Weaver LLP

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

TRENDING

2017 Rank
37
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