Accounting Degrees in Nevada
Nevada is known for its entertainment, gambling, mining and cattle ranching, but it is also home to 4 Fortune 500 companies, 405 licensed CPA firms and offices for each of the “Big Four” international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young). This robust economy produces around $126 billion in state product, and generates a per capita income of $37,361, making it the 19th largest state economy in the nation.
Despite these high individual earning rates, Nevada does not have a state income tax. Unemployment hovers just over 7%, that’s compared to a national average unemployment rate of just over 5%. Just over 40,000 residents populate the state, the majority of whom are employed by the tourism industry or in mining (Nevada is the world’s fourth-largest gold producer). This flow of currency in and out of the state creates the need for a number of CPAs and firms to provide financial services.
Nevada at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$37,361|
|Fortune 500 Companies||4|
|Licensed CPA Firms||405|
Accounting Programs in Nevada
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in Nevada, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
By 2022, Nevadan accountants and auditors can look forward to a 14.6% increase in employment opportunities over 2012. The new growth represents the creation of over 9,000 new positions during this period and also exceeds national averages for growth in this industry.
Top-paying cities include Reno, Las Vegas and Sparks, where CPAs regularly earn between $57,840 and $63,790 annually on average. Salaries in the six-digit range are possible as well, depending on a CPA’s degree level, licensure status and speciality.
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
- Reno-Sparks, NV$63,790
- Las Vegas-Paradise, NV$63,710
- Carson City, NV$57,840
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Nevada
The CPA Exam in Nevada is administered by the State Board of Accountancy. Candidates planning to sit for the exam must fulfill the requirements listed below. The exam is made up of four sections, all of which must be passed within an 18 month long period. It is quite common for students to retake individual sections of the exam until they receive a passing score.
Nevada supports reciprocal licensure, as well as original licensure for those individuals who took the exam in another state but are not yet licensed.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Nevada
Eligibility for CPA licensure in the state of Nevada calls for the following criteria to be met:
- Be a resident of Nevada
- Hold a baccalaureate degree
- Meet the 150 hour educational requirement
- Complete 30 semester hours of upper level accounting courses
- Complete 2 years of experience working in public accounting or auditing, OR 4 years experience working in internal or governmental auditing
- Pass an ethics exam that has been approved by the Board within the last 3 years
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including bachelor's degree)|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours above the introductory level|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||150 hours (must complete education requirement prior to sitting for exam)|
|Experience Requirements||2 years of public accounting experience in accounting or auditing, finance, advising or consulting with clients on matters relating to management, preparation of tax returns or the furnishing of advice on matters relating to taxes; or 4 years experience in internal audit or governmental accounting and auditing considered to be substantially equivalent in the Board's judgment.|
|Ethics Exam||Must pass an ethics exam within the past 3 years that was approved by the Board|
A State Board – approved ethics exam can be ordered through the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPA’s (1-888-777-7077) or PES Ethics & Professional Conduct (1-800-990-2731).Source: The American Institute of CPAs
CPA exam fees in Nevada
- Application Fee $200
- Auditing & Attestation N/A
- Financial Accounting & Reporting N/A
- Regulation $50
- Business Environment & Concepts N/A
Checks should be made payable to the Nevada State Board of Accountancy. Neither the State Board site nor NASBA list any other exam fees.
Schools Ranked by CPA Pass Rates, 2014
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||University of Nevada - Las Vegas||204||49.8%||71.6|
|2||University of Nevada - Reno||110||50.2%||73.3|
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 Nevada State Board of Accountancy is the body responsible for maintaining professional conduct codes, regulating the practice of CPAs and firms, providing forms and applications, and CPA licensing information. The State Board also collects the CPA Exam fees and administers the test. Once licensed, CPAs may join the Nevada Society of CPAs, a professional organization designed to unite CPAs within the state of Nevada.
The Society provides advocacy for its members as well as resources and networking, and strives to uphold the code of professional conduct as laid down by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Nevada State Board of Accountancy
1325 Airmotive Way Suite 220
Reno, NV 89502