Accounting Degrees in Oregon
One of the fastest-growing states in the nation by population, Oregon is also the site of significant economic growth, boasting the 25th-highest GDP in the country. Oregon’s unique economy is primarily based around agriculture, forestry and fisheries, tourism, and technology (the Portland metropolitan area is often referred to as “Silicon Forest” for its high concentration of tech companies). Portland is also the headquarters of Nike, one of the two Fortune 500 companies that operate in the state. While California dominates the West Coast’s finance industry, all the “Big Four” finance firms maintain offices in Oregon, and the state is also home to three of the region’s major firms: AKT, based in Salem, and Perkins & Co. and Geffen Mesher & Co., both based in Portland.
Oregon at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$27,646|
|Fortune 500 Companies||2|
|Licensed CPA Firms||793|
Accounting Programs in Oregon
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Accounting Salaries and Employment
Oregon state accountants and auditors can look forward to a striking 16.9% increase in employment opportunities over a 10 year span, a growth rate that represents the addition of 13,620 positions by 2022. Major CPA firms headquartered in the state include AKT CPAs and Perkins & Co., which each grossed over $20 million in revenues in 2014.
On average, Oregon accountants make more annually than their peers in other states. Depending on an one’s degree level, licensure and specialty, wages range from $37,910 to $105,370 annually. Top-paying cities include the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro area, Bend, Salem, the Eugene-Springfield area and Medford.
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
- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA$68,110
- Bend, OR$67,230
- Salem, OR$64,110
- Eugene-Springfield, OR$61,190
- Medford, OR$60,630
Major firms headquartered in Oregon
|Count||Firm||Location||2014 Revenue (in millions)|
|2||Perkins & Co.||Portland, OR||$22|
|3||Geffen Mesher & Co.||Portland, OR||$19|
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 and Regional Leaders"
Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Oregon
Aspiring CPAs in Oregon must sit for the uniform CPA exam administered by NASBA and meet the eligibility requirements listed below.
The CPA exam is made up of four sections that students must register for individually. Each section must be passed with a score of 75 or higher within 18 months of an initial test date. Once a student receives Authorization To Test (ATT), candidates must take the authorized section within six months of the Notice to Schedule date.
Due to the exam’s complex nature, many students retake sections of the exam more than once before achieving an overall pass. Also listed below are schools ranked by their 2014 CPA pass rates, which include scores from first-time testers as well as scores from those retesting.
Oregon allows international testing to candidates in Japan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates who wish to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.
Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Oregon
To be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in Oregon, candidates must meet the following requirements:
- Fulfill the 150 hour educational requirement
- Participate in international programs
- Complete 24 semester hours in accounting courses
- Complete 24 semester hours in business courses
- Hold a baccalaureate degree
- Complete 1 year of work experience
- Must take and pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure or an exam on the Code of Professional Ethics offered by the Oregon Society of CPAs
All application material must be received within 3 months from the date of submission.
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 hours (including bachelor's degree)|
|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||12 months of full time employment in public practice, industry, government or other professional settings.|
|Ethics Exam||Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure or an exam on the Code of Professional Ethics offered by the Oregon Society of CPAs|
Candidates are strongly encouraged to review the AICPA Website’s tutorial that elaborates on the revised version of the exam’s format and navigation functions.Source: The American Institute of CPAs
CPA exam fees in Oregon
- Application Fee $150
- Auditing & Attestation $211
- Financial Accounting & Reporting $211
- Regulation $211
- Business Environment & Concepts $211
Special Fees: A $50 re-examination application fee applies for each portion of the exam being retaken. (If a candidate fails one section of the exam they can pay to re-register for just that portion of the exam. All sections must be passed within 18 months of candidate’s first test date.)
Certifying and Professional Organizations
The Oregon State Board of Accountancy is a regulatory body responsible for licensing and certifying CPAs and public accountants of the state. The Board also maintains professional competence and ethical standards of CPAs and CPA firms in Oregon. It provides accounting professionals the opportunity to update, renew, order or print any license and provides consumers the ability to search and verify licenses and digitally certify a license.
Once certified, CPAs may join the Oregon of Society CPAS, an association that actively strives to maintain high professional and educational standards among its members while providing advocacy, community networking and valuable information related to the field of accounting. Future CPAs can also be members under an affiliate status.
Oregon State Board of Accountancy
3218 Pringle Road S.E., #110
Salem, OR 97302