Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 7,900 accounting professionals filled out Vault's 2013 Accounting Survey from December 2012 through February 2013. 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

2014 Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

1
SCORE
8.549

PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) LLP

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

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2013 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.227

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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2013 Rank
2
3
SCORE
8.132

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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2013 Rank
3
4
SCORE
7.102

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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2013 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.566

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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2013 Rank
5
6
SCORE
5.786

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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2013 Rank
6
7
SCORE
5.548

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

2013 Rank
7
8
SCORE
4.287

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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2013 Rank
10
9
SCORE
4.251

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

2013 Rank
8
10
SCORE
3.938

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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2013 Rank
12
11
SCORE
3.811

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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2013 Rank
11
12
SCORE
3.752

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

2013 Rank
14
13
SCORE
3.697

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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2013 Rank
17
14
SCORE
3.560

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...

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2013 Rank
16
15
SCORE
3.522

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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2013 Rank
15
16
SCORE
3.483

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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2013 Rank
19
17
SCORE
3.464

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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2013 Rank
13
18
SCORE
3.309

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

2013 Rank
22
19
SCORE
3.134

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

2013 Rank
20
20
SCORE
3.059

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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2013 Rank
21
21
SCORE
3.041

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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2013 Rank
23
22
SCORE
3.029

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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2013 Rank
18
23
SCORE
3.003

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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2013 Rank
28
24
SCORE
2.873

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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2013 Rank
NR
25
SCORE
2.869

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

2013 Rank
24
26
SCORE
2.773

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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2013 Rank
25
27
SCORE
2.704

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

2013 Rank
27
28
SCORE
2.689

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

2013 Rank
26
29
SCORE
2.660

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...

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2013 Rank
NR
30
SCORE
2.552

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

2013 Rank
36
31
SCORE
2.546

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

2013 Rank
31
32
SCORE
2.544

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

2013 Rank
34
33
SCORE
2.514

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...

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2013 Rank
29
34
SCORE
2.502

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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2013 Rank
37
35
SCORE
2.497

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

2013 Rank
33
36
SCORE
2.486

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

2013 Rank
48
37
SCORE
2.482

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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2013 Rank
30
38
SCORE
2.479

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

2013 Rank
38
39
SCORE
2.476

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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2013 Rank
NR
40
SCORE
2.431

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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2013 Rank
NR
41
SCORE
2.410

Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

No. 1 Kaufman, Rossin & Co. received some serious bragging rights at the end of 2008, when Accounting Today ranked it No. 1 in its inaugural Best...

TRENDING

2013 Rank
42
42
SCORE
2.408

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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2013 Rank
43
43
SCORE
2.393

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...

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2013 Rank
46
44
SCORE
2.391

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

2013 Rank
49
45
SCORE
2.365

Holtz Rubenstein Reminick LLP

Big Apple accountants Holtz Rubinstein Reminick LLP is one of the 25 largest accounting firms in the New York metropolitan area. The firm has two...

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2013 Rank
40
46
SCORE
2.362

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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2013 Rank
47
47
SCORE
2.349

Alpern Rosenthal

Steel-city accountants Alpern Rosenthal is an accounting firm based in Pittsburgh, Pa. The firm's roots can be traced to 1961, when Ed Alpern and...

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2013 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
2.347

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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2013 Rank
45
48
SCORE
2.347

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

2013 Rank
39
49
SCORE
2.326

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

2013 Rank
41
50
SCORE
2.316

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

2013 Rank
35