Top Ranked

Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

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

  • Survey Methodology

    More than 9,300 accounting professionals filled out Vault's Accounting Survey from November 2015 to February 2016. 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

2017 Most Prestigious Accounting Firms

1
SCORE
8.870

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

2016 Rank
1
2
SCORE
8.613

Deloitte LLP

Deloitte's U.S. operations have more than 70,000 professionals in more than 100 offices who work in four key business areas: audit, advisory, consulting,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
3
3
SCORE
8.587

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

2016 Rank
2
4
SCORE
7.732

KPMG LLP

With more than 29,000 employees in more than 100 offices across the U.S., KPMG LLP has rightfully earned its place among accounting's Big 4. KPMG, the...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
4
5
SCORE
6.748

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

2016 Rank
5
6
SCORE
5.905

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 1,300 offices in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
7
7
SCORE
5.180

RSM US LLP

RSM US LLP (RSM) is one of the leading U.S. providers of audit, tax, and consulting services focused on the middle market. The firm has more than 8,000...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
6
8
SCORE
4.849

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

2016 Rank
8
9
SCORE
4.573

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (commonly known as Baker Tilly) has some 35 offices and more than 2,500 staff members. In October 2014, it merged with...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
10
10
SCORE
4.473

Moss Adams LLP

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
9
11
SCORE
4.339

CohnReznick LLP

New York-headquartered CohnReznick is the 11th-largest accounting firm in the U.S. by revenue, according to Accounting Today's 2015 Top 100 Firms...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
13
12
SCORE
4.316

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

2016 Rank
11
13
SCORE
4.165

Plante Moran

Plante Moran is looking for hardworking, motivated, personable candidates who excel in school and have bright personalities. The firm's internship...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
12
14
SCORE
4.050

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

2016 Rank
14
15
SCORE
4.046

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

2016 Rank
15
16
SCORE
3.837

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

2016 Rank
16
17
SCORE
3.577

CBIZ & Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C.

CBIZ and Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. (MHM) are independent businesses, associated through an alternative practice structure; this means they work jointly...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
17
18
SCORE
3.473

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

2016 Rank
18
19
SCORE
3.404

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

2016 Rank
20
20
SCORE
3.208

UHY Advisors, Inc.

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
19
21
SCORE
3.164

Eide Bailly LLP

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 an accounting business in...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
21
22
SCORE
3.119

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

2016 Rank
22
23
SCORE
3.096

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
23
24
SCORE
2.912

RubinBrown

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
24
25
SCORE
2.875

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

2016 Rank
35
26
SCORE
2.873

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

2016 Rank
25
27
SCORE
2.784

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

2016 Rank
29
28
SCORE
2.761

Friedman LLP

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
26
29
SCORE
2.755

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

2016 Rank
28
30
SCORE
2.746

Withum

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
27
31
SCORE
2.721

Elliott Davis Decosimo, LLC

Elliott Davis Decosimo is one of the top 30 accounting, tax, and consulting firms in the U.S. The firm is led by Richard E. "Rick" Davis. In addition to...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
38
32
SCORE
2.713

Armanino LLP

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
34
33
SCORE
2.708

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

2016 Rank
32
34
SCORE
2.700

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

2016 Rank
30
35
SCORE
2.672

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

2016 Rank
37
36
SCORE
2.648

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

2016 Rank
31
37
SCORE
2.588

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

2016 Rank
47
38
SCORE
2.528

Marks Paneth LLP

Marks Paneth is headquartered in New York City, and has additional offices in Washington, D.C.; New Jersey; Long Island and Westchester, N.Y. The firm...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
39
39
SCORE
2.520

Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC

Carr, Riggs, & Ingram is an Alabama-based tax, auditing and consulting firm with offices throughout the Southeast.  In the past several years,...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
40
SCORE
2.513

Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc.

Burr Pilger Mayer is the largest regional accounting and consulting firm in California. Based in the Bay Area, the firm has been providing its...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
40
41
SCORE
2.497

Aronson LLC

Founded in 1962, Aronson LLC has become one of the top accounting and consulting operations in the mid-Atlantic region. Firm founder Gerald R. "Jerry"...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
48
42
SCORE
2.483

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

2016 Rank
42
43
SCORE
2.477

Doeren Mayhew

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
43
44
SCORE
2.443

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

2016 Rank
45
45
SCORE
2.439

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

2016 Rank
41
46
SCORE
2.432

Frazier & Deeter, LLC

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

TRENDING

2016 Rank
50
47
SCORE
2.429

The Bonadio Group

The Bonadio Group provides financial and consulting services, including auditing, tax, personal finance, and business advisory. Founded in 1878, the firm...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
NR
48
SCORE
2.427

Rehmann

Rehmann is one of the 30 largest accounting firms in the U.S. by annual revenue. The firm has the largest tax practice in Michigan, and its roots go back...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
36
49
SCORE
2.410

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...

TRENDING

2016 Rank
49
50
SCORE
2.409

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

2016 Rank
44

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