Accounting Degrees in Louisiana
Known for its seafood, petroleum, gas and coal production, Louisiana’s gross product in 2010 was the 25th largest in the country at $213.6 billion. Tourism and hospitality alone bring approximately $5.2 billion into the state per year.
All four of the largest international CPA firms have offices in Louisiana, three of which (Deloitte & Touche, Pricewaterhousecoopers and Ernst & Young) are located in New Orleans, the state’s largest city and metropolitan area. Two Fortune 500 companies and over 1,000 licensed CPA firms maintain headquarters in the state.
Louisiana at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$39,413|
|Fortune 500 Companies||2|
|Licensed CPA Firms||1,006|
Accounting Programs in Louisiana
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in Louisiana, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
- Degree Levels
Accounting Salaries and Employment
Louisianian accountants can look forward to a 17% increase in employment opportunities between 2012 and 2022; one of the largest percent increases in the nation, and 4% higher than national averages.
Job-seeking accountants can pursue employment with Postlethwaite & Netterville located in Baton Rouge, which garnered $47.07 million in revenue last year. Other major firms headquartered in Louisiana, including LaPorte in Metairie and Heard, McElroy & Vestal in Shreveport respectively reported revenues of $21.42 million and $16.40 million in 2014.
Accountants working in the top-paying Louisianian cities can expect to earn an average of $64,432 annually. In fact, average annual wages can range from $34,690 to a whopping $111,230, contingent upon experience, education level and area of expertise.
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
- Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux$64,450
- New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner$64,370
- Shreveport-Bossier City$64,060
- Baton Rouge$62,620
Major firms headquartered in Louisiana
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|1||Postlethwaite & Netterville||Baton Rouge, LA||$47|
|3||Heard, McElroy & Vestal||Shreveport, LA||$16|
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 Louisiana
Once a student meets all of the eligibility qualifications listed below, he or she may apply to take the CPA Exam. A person who resides in a state other than Louisiana may apply as a Louisiana candidate to the Board to take the exam so long as they fulfill the requirement of 120 days of continuous residency during the year preceding the initial exam.
Unsuccessful candidates may apply to take the CPA Exam again; this procedure is quite common. The 2014 CPA Exam Pass Rates ranked below include the scores of both first-time test takers and students returning to attempt the entire exam or portions of it again. All sections of the exam must be completed within 18 months of the initial test start date; 75 is considered a passing score for each section of the exam.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Louisiana
In order to be eligible for CPA licensure in Louisiana, candidates must meet the requirements below before applying to sit for the CPA Exam:
- Have U.S. citizenship
- Be a resident of the state of Louisiana
- Have a Social Security number
- Demonstrate good moral character through character references
- Hold a baccalaureate degree
- Must participate in international programs
- Complete the 150 hour educational requirement, 24 of which must be in accounting courses
- Acquire 1 year of experience working in academia, government, industry or public practice
Accounting programs at Louisiana universities are typically designed to enable students to meet the 150 hour educational requirement to sit for the uniform CPA exam in Louisiana.
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including B.A.)|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in accounting|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||150 hours (must complete education requirement prior to sitting for exam)|
|Experience Requirements||1 year experience in government, industry, academia or public practice.|
|Ethics Exam||No ethics exam|
Candidates are permitted to take each section of the exam up to four times a year. Source: The American Institute of CPAsSource: The American Institute of CPAs
CPA exam fees in Louisiana
- Application Fee $150
- Auditing & Attestation $192
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $192
- Regulation $172
- Business Environment & Concepts $172
Special Fees: A registration fee of $75 applies whether a candidate is taking four, three, two or one section at a time. A transfer of CPA grades application has a fee of $125. A CPA certificate license application fee is $100. Source: Kentucky NASBA and State Board of CPAs in Louisiana
Schools Ranked by CPA Pass Rates, 2014
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||Louisiana State University||261||62.6%||75.4|
|3||University of Louisiana - Monroe||33||55.3%||73.6|
|4||Louisiana Tech University||50||55%||71.4|
|5||University of Louisiana - Lafayette||99||50.3%||72.6|
|6||University of New Orleans||132||49.1%||70.8|
|7||Loyola University of New Orleans||31||48.7%||71.2|
|8||Northwestern State University||17||47.4%||70.2|
|9||Louisiana State University - Shreveport||36||46.7%||70.2|
|10||Southeastern Louisiana University||147||41.8%||68.9|
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 State Board of CPAs of Louisiana is a state agency designed to administer and enforce the Louisiana Accountancy Act by advising CPAs on compliance with state accountancy laws and regulations. This agency also provides CPA exam preparation materials, consumer information resources and educational and licensing guides.
The Society of Louisiana CPAs, on the other hand, is a nonprofit professional association that provides licensed and potential CPAs with career tools and benefits, including peer review, membership discounts and networking opportunities.
State Board of CPAs of Louisiana
601 Poydras Street Suite 70130
New Orleans, LA 70139