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The state of North Carolina has a population of nearly 10 million individuals, 4.5 million of whom make up a labor force that generates a total gross state product of about $424.9 billion, making it the 9th wealthiest state in the nation. Per capita income is just over $37,000, and with the state’s economy growing rapidly over the last few decades, unemployment is even with the national average.
Three of the “Big Four” international CPA firms have offices in North Carolina (KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young), along with 13 Fortune 500 companies. Over 1,600 licensed CPA firms offer their services across the state — a number that’s steadily rising along with the population and economic growth the state is experiencing.
|Per Capita Income||$37,049|
|Fortune 500 Companies||13|
|Licensed CPA Firms||1,601|
Search our comprehensive school directory to explore the accounting programs in North Carolina, including campus-based, online and hybrid programs.
1247 Jimmie Kerr Road
Dougherty Administration Building
340 Victoria Rd
200 ACC Drive NE
5337 US Highway 264 East
100 Belmont-Mt Holly Road
180 West Campus Drive
Flat Rock, NC
10125 Berkeley Place Drive
424 Gallimore Dairy Road
50 College Rd
2855 Hickory Blvd.
450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC
411 North Front Street
2300 W Innes St
2550 Hwy 70 SE
1105 Kelly Dr
1201 Elizabeth Avenue
137 S Post Rd
444 Western Blvd
800 College Ct
New Bern, NC
North Carolinian accountants and auditors can expect to notice drastic job growth of 16.7% over the next seven years, culminating in the creation of over 38,000 additional positions between 2012 to 2022. Firms like Dixon Hughes Goodman, which generated $310.00 million in revenue last year, are major accounting employers in the state.
CPAs working in top-paying cities like Charlotte, Durham-Chapel Hill and Wilmington can anticipate earning between $37,280 and $134,370 depending upon licensure, specialty and years of experience.
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|1||Dixon Hughes Goodman||Charlotte, NC||$310|
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"
Future CPAs of North Carolina who need to sit for the CPA Exam in order to become licensed must meet the requirements listed below. The Board offers CPA exams from various vendors who have contracted with NASBA, but all are the Uniform CPA Exam prepared by the AICPA.
Several colleges and universities in the state have accounting programs with top passing rates. The scores from the schools ranked by their CPA passing rates below include both first time testers and candidates returning to attempt the exam again, as is common for many students.
To be eligible for CPA licensure in North Carolina, candidates must meet the qualifications listed below:
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including a bachelor's degree) or should a candidate possess a Master’s degree or more advanced degree in accounting, tax law, economics, finance, business administration or a law degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent.|
|Participates in International Programs||No|
|Hours in Accounting||30 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of undergraduate accounting (which includes no more than 6 hours of accounting principles) or 20 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours of graduate accounting courses open only to graduate students or a combination of undergraduate and graduate courses|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||Bachelor's degree (120 hours)|
|Experience Requirements||The work experience requirement is one year of supervised experience or four years of unsupervised experience with accounting in government, industry, academia or public practice.|
|Ethics Exam||Exam on North Carolina Rules of Professional Ethics and Conduct|
The Board strongly recommends candidates to visit the AICPA website to complete the tutorial and sample tests prior to registering for the exam. Fees for each examination vary to cover actual costs of examination services. Specific fee information available upon request.Source: The American Institute of CPAs
|Rank||Logo||School Name||Candidates||Pass Rate||Average Score|
|1||Wake Forest University||85||84.6%||83.6|
|3||University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill||183||69.6%||78.1|
|4||University of North Carolina - Asheville||16||65%||76.3|
|5||University of North Carolina - Charlotte||113||61.1%||74.7|
|6||Appalachian State University||147||58.8%||75.3|
|9||North Carolina State University||227||56.7%||74.1|
|10||University of Mount Olive||6||56.3%||76.9|
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
The North Carolina State Board of CPA Examiners, as an independent, self-funded occupational licensing board, is responsible for administering the Uniform CPA Exam prepared by AICPA and granting CPA licensure to those who meet the requirements. The Board also registers firms, renews licenses, continuing education programs and peer review compliance.
Future and current CPAs are eligible to join the North Carolina Association of CPAs, which is comprised of over 30 committees, task forces and advisory groups that keep in contact with the AICPA, the State Board, the IRS and the Financial Accounting Standards Board to ensure that members are up-to-date on accounting standards.
1101 Oberlin Road, Suite 104
Raleigh, NC 27605