Accounting Degrees in New Hampshire
New Hampshire has a population of over 1 million residents who receive financial services from 218 licensed CPA firms. Two of the “Big Four” international CPA firms have offices in New Hampshire as well (Deloitte & Touche and KPMG). The state has no sales or income tax, and one of the median household incomes in the nation (ranking 7th, as of 2008). Per capita income is a generous $47,058, and the total state product is close to $60 billion.
Unemployment in New Hampshire is below the national average, and the state also boasts the nation’s lowest poverty rate and the eighth-highest number of millionaires per capita in the country. The economy is based primarily in agricultural and industrial outputs such as dairy, apple eggs, machinery, rubber and plastic. This environment is ripe for financial management, and supports the growth of job opportunities for accountants.
New Hampshire at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$47,058|
|Fortune 500 Companies|
|Licensed CPA Firms||218|
Accounting Programs in New Hampshire
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in New Hampshire, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
As a result of a 13.1% increase in employment opportunities over a ten-year span, accountants and auditors of New Hampshire will have over 5,000 employment positions come 2022. Prospective employers include Melanson Heath & Co., which generated $10.48 million in revenue last year. Additionally, top-paying cities for accountants include Manchester, Rochester-Dover, Portsmouth and Nashua, where CPAs typically earn between $70,810 and $72,770 on average annually. There is the potential to earn over $100,000 annually, depending on a CPA’s level of degree, licensure 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
- Manchester, NH$72,770
- Rochester-Dover, NH-ME$71,560
- Portsmouth, NH$70,870
- Nashua, NH$70,810
Major firms headquartered in New Hampshire
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|1||Melanson Heath & Co.||Nashua, NH||$10|
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 New Hampshire
Below you will find a list of the eligibility requirements necessary to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in New Hampshire, as well as a few sample required courses, a breakdown of exam fees and a list of New Hampshire schools ranked by their CPA Pass Rates from 2014.
Due to the complexity of the test, these rankings include scores from both first-time test takers and scores of those retaking the exam or individual sections of it. Although it is quite common for students to retake the test, a passing score for each of the four sections must be earned within 18 months of a student’s first testing date.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in New Hampshire
In order to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in New Hampshire, candidates must:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree
- Meet the 150 hour educational requirement
- Complete 30 hours in accounting courses
- Complete 1 year of experience working in governmental or public accounting agencies
- Participate in international programs
- Have a social security number
There is no residency, age or ethics exam requirement for New Hampshire.
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||On or after July 1, 2014: 150 hours (including bachelor's degree or higher) with accounting concentration.|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||On or after July 1, 2014: 30 semester hours of accounting courses. The accounting credits shall include coverage in financial accounting auditing, taxation, and management accounting.|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||Bachelor's degree (120 hours)|
|Experience Requirements||Until June 30, 2014: B.A. Degree-2 years experience. Master's Degree in accounting, taxation, finance, or business administration-1 year experience. On or after July 1, 2014: 1 year experience. Can be gained through public accounting and governmental agencies.|
An optional pre-evaluation service is available for first-time applicants to discover if any of their educational requirements are deficient.Source: The American Institute of CPAs
CPA exam fees in New Hampshire
- Application Fee $225
- Auditing & Attestation $192
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $192
- Regulation $172
- Business Environment & Concepts $172
Special Fees: A registration fee applies in addition to the application fee, and is a flat rate of $150, no matter the number of exam sections.
Schools Ranked by CPA Pass Rates, 2014
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||University of New Hampshire||83||69.8%||77.2|
|3||Saint Anselm College||14||44.8%||72.9|
|4||Southern New Hampshire University||87||44%||67.9|
|5||Plymouth State University||15||42.9%||70.6|
|6||New England College||11||37.5%||68.3|
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 New Hampshire Board of Accountancy strives to provide quality information to CPAs and CPA firms in order to ensure ethical and professional standards in financial accounting or assessing of commercial, noncommercial and governmental entities. The Board also provides information about the Uniform CPA Exam, which is administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
Once officially licensed, CPAs may join the New Hampshire Society of CPAs, a statewide, professional organization dedicated to providing its members products and services that improve the quality of professional services offered. The Society offers advocacy, networking events, continuing education and strategic plan initiatives.
New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
78 Regional Drive Bldg. Two
Concord, NH 03301