Accounting Degrees in Idaho
Nearly 4,000 accountants reside in Idaho state, servicing government agencies, educational institutions and public and private firms. Idaho maintains over 113 CPA offices; two of the “Big Four” international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche and KPMG) have office locations in downtown Boise (the Boise Metropolitan area), which is also where the largest concentration of workers are employed by Micron Technology Inc., totaling 8,000 workers. Other major employers include the U.S. military and Boise State University.
Although Idaho is primarily an agricultural state, silver and other mining, electronics manufacturing and chemical production also contribute to the state’s gross product of $58.2 billion, making Idaho one of the second most small business friendly state as of 2014.
Idaho at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$33,749|
|Fortune 500 Companies||1|
|Licensed CPA Firms||358|
Accounting Programs in Idaho
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in Idaho, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
Employment for accountants and auditors in Idaho is estimated to rise 11.5% by 2022. The average annual salary is $68,070, with several of the speciality accountant positions earning close to or more than six digits. Although Boise is the largest metro area in the state, and subsequently employs the largest concentration of accountants, other top-paying Idahoan cities for accountants include Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Lewiston and Coeur d’Alene.
The average annual salary for accountants in Boise is $64,920, however salaries can range from $33,800 to $108,570 throughout the state.
Projected Job Growth for Accountants
Accounting Salaries by Specialty
Associate Degree Recommended
Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks
Bachelor's Degree Recommended
Tax Examiners and Collectors
Master's Degree Recommended
Accountants and Auditors
Personal Financial Advisors
Top-paying cities for accountants
- Pocatello, ID$79,810
- Idaho Falls, ID$70,770
- Boise City-Nampa, ID$64,920
- Lewiston, ID-WA$62,580
- Coeur d'Alene, ID$61,180
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Idaho
The Idaho State Board of Accountancy administers the Uniform CPA Exam to Idaho candidates who meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Those individuals who have have not been licensed as a CPA but have successfully completed the CPA exam in another jurisdiction should use this transfer form to apply for an Idaho CPA license. Those who do hold a license or certificate from another jurisdiction may complete the Application for License by Reciprocity.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Idaho
The Idaho State Board of Accountancy states that the following requirements are necessary to be eligible for CPA licensure:
- Candidates must be 18 years or older
- Although U.S. Citizenship is not required, residency (past or present) or an intent to reside in Idaho is required
- 150 credit hours (24 of which must be upper-level accounting semester hours) including a baccalaureate degree must be earned
- The equivalent of 1 year of experience in public practice, academia, industry or government environment
- All candidates must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure
In order to become licensed, candidates must complete an ethics course in addition to meeting the postsecondary education requirements as stated by the Board of Accountancy.
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including B.A.)|
|Participates in International Programs||No|
|Hours in Accounting||24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting or 15 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting at graduate level.|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||B.A. (120 hours)|
|Experience Requirements||1 year experience in government, industry, public practice or academia.|
|Ethics Exam||Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure or exam as approved by the Board of Accountancy|
Source: The American Institute of CPAs
CPA exam fees in Idaho
- Application Fee $100
- Auditing & Attestation $192
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $192
- Regulation $173
- Business Environment & Concepts $173
Special fees include $100 for transfer candidates who took the exam in a jurisdiction other than Idaho, and a potential $50 re-examination application fee for those candidates who fail to pass all four sections of the test within the allotted 18-month time period. Credit for passed sections is applicable only within the 18-month period.
Schools Ranked by CPA Pass Rates, 2014
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||Northwest Nazarene University||7||66.7%||76.5|
|2||Lewis-Clark State College||14||53.5%||73.2|
|3||Boise State University||114||52.8%||72.3|
|4||University of Idaho||66||50.6%||76.5|
|5||Idaho State University||37||49.1%||71.9|
|6||Brigham Young University||127||45%||71.1|
|7||College of Idaho||6||28.6%||66.4|
Schools are ranked by pass rate unless otherwise noted. Results are comprised of scores from both first-time test takers and those returning to take the whole exam or specific sections of it again. Source: National State Boards of Accountancy
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Idaho Board of Accountancy is the official body responsible for regulating public accountants’ conduct and providing the public with reliable and cost effective services, whereas the Idaho Society of CPAs is a professional membership organization that represents accountants in the public sector, business industry, educational and government institutions. The Society strives to uphold codes of ethics and standards in the accounting profession while also providing networking opportunities for licensed or certified CPAs.
Idaho Board of Accountancy
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720