Introduction

The Bureau of Economic Analysis estimates that in 2008, the gross domestic product of Kansas was $122.7 billion, placing it 32nd in the nation in terms of production. Agriculture and livestock are two major components of this state’s economy, but it also manufactures aircraft and transportation equipment and is 8th in the nation for oil and gas production.

Several major corporations are headquartered in Kansas; among them are Sprint, Embarq, Koch Industries, General Motors and Tyson Meats. As of this year, 488 licensed CPA firms cater to the financial needs of nearly 3 million residents and thousands of private and public organizations operating in the state.

Each of the four major international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Ernst & Young) maintain offices in Kansas City, providing a number of employment opportunities for accountants seeking to enter large market finance both in and outside of Kansas.

Kansas at a glance

Population 2,904,021
Per Capita Income $41,835
Unemployment Rate 4.2%
Fortune 500 Companies 1
Licensed CPA Firms 488

Accounting Programs in Kansas

Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in Kansas, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.

Accounting Salaries and Employment

Job growth for accountants and auditors in Kansas is expected to rise 16.1% over the span of seven years (3% more than the national percent change rate), culminating in 14,470 accounting positions by 2022.

Iowan accountants can make between $34,400 and $109,470, but on average earn about $72,463. Top-paying cities for accountants in the state include Wichita, Manhattan, Lawrence and Topeka, home to one of the largest firms in the state, Mize Houser & Co. One Salina-based firm, Kennedy and Coe, grossed $33.80 million in revenue last year, making it one of the highest-performing firms in a seven state region.

Projected Job Growth for Accountants

12,460 Employees2012
14,470 Employees2022
Kansas 13.9% increase
1,275,400 Employees2012
1,442,200 Employees2022
United States 11.6% increase
Source: U.S. Department of Labor

Accounting Salaries by Specialty

Kansas Avg. Annual Wage United States Avg. Annual Wage

Associate Degree Recommended

Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

\ $34,400
$37,250

Payroll Clerks

\ $39,090
$39,850

Credit Counselors

\ $38,970
$44,960

Bachelor's Degree Recommended

Cost Estimators

\ $61,170
$63,660

Tax Examiners and Collectors

\ $43,520
$56,120

Master's Degree Recommended

Accountants and Auditors

\ $64,590
$72,500

Budget Analysts

\ $72,560
$72,560

Personal Financial Advisors

\ $122,750
$99,920

Actuaries

\ $138,210
$107,740

Financial Managers

\ $109,470
$126,660
Source: BLS OES

Top-paying cities for accountants

  1. Wichita, KS
    $64,970
  2. Manhattan, KS
    $58,590
  3. Topeka, KS
    $57,970
  4. Lawrence, KS
    $57,630
Source: OES Data Tool

Major firms headquartered in Kansas

Count Firm Location 2014 Revenue (in millions)
1Kennedy and CoeSalina, KS$33
2Mize Houser & Co.Topeka, KS$21

Accounting Today named these firms among the highest performing in a multi-state region. Rankings as based upon reported net revenues from 2014. Source: Accounting today "Top 100 Firms"

Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Kansas

Below, you’ll find a comprehensive list of the eligibility requirements for sitting for the Kansas Uniform CPA Exam, as well as the required coursework and a breakdown of the exam fees.

In 2009, Kansas enacted a Practice Mobility Legislation that enables out-of-state CPAs to practice in Kansas, without having to notify the Board or obtaining a Kansas permit first. This legislation does not apply to in-state CPAs, however.

Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Kansas

Below is a list of eligibility requirements candidates must meet in order to sit for the Exam:

  • Have Kansas residency
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Meet the 150 semester hours as stipulated by the Board
  • Complete a minimum of 30 hours in accounting theory and practice
  • Participate in international program
  • Take the Professional Ethics course and pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam

The Board currently has put in place a requirement for two business courses since the Regulation Section of the Uniform CPA Exam includes a 20-25% Business Law component.

Age RequirementNone
Citizenship RequirementNo
Residency RequirementYes
Social Security # RequirementYes
Education Requirement for Licensure150 hours (including bachelor's degree)
Participates in International ProgramsYes
Hours in Accounting30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting theory and practice.
Exam Sitting Requirements150 hours (must complete education requirement prior to sitting for exam)
Experience Requirements1 year of accounting experience in government, industry, academia or public practice.
Ethics ExamMust pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure.

Candidates can verify that their undergraduate coursework satisfies Kansas’s CPA licensure requirements by filling out this pre-evaluation form.

Source: The American Institute of CPAs

CPA exam fees in Kansas

Total:$875
  • Application Fee $145
  • Auditing & Attestation $192
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting $192
  • Regulation $173
  • Business Environment & Concepts $173

Special Fees: Sections of the exam require a registration fee. $110 for all four sections, $95 for three sections, $80 for two sections, $65 for one section.

Schools Ranked by CPA Pass Rates, 2014

RankLogoSchool NameCandidatesPass RateAverage Score

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 Kansas Board of Accountancy is a regulatory body that administers the Uniform CPA Exam in the state and provides online services related to certification and licensure, such as identifying CPAs and upholding the laws and administrative regulations that govern CPAs.

Once officially certified, Kansas CPAs may join the Kansas Society of CPAs (KSCPA). The KSCPA is a professional member organization that represents its members, administers peer review programs for the Kansas Board of Accountancy, hosts networking events, promotes professional relationships and professional development programs, organizes leadership events, affinity programs and more.

Kansas Board of Accountancy

Address

900 SW Jackson, Suite 556
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone Number

(785) 296-2162

Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants (KSCPA)

Address

100 SE 9th Street Suite 502
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone Number

(785) 272-4366

Email

mary@kscp.org