Ranked among the top 10 U.S. states by GDP, Georgia is a southern center of industry that's home to major corporations like Home Depot, UPS, Coca-Cola, and Delta Air Lines. The state's strong business core has led to significant demand for accountants, and more than 1,700 CPA firms are found throughout Georgia. Employment of accountants throughout the state is strong, but the greatest concentration of licensed CPAs work in and around the greater Atlanta area, which ranks among the top metropolitan areas in the country for accounting employment. Georgia's strong economy and high employment levels for accountants are expected to maintain well into the future, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a 16.7% increase in accounting jobs from 2016 to 2026.

Georgia at a glance

Population 10,429,379
Per Capita Income $25,615
Unemployment Rate 3.7%
Fortune 500 Companies 17
Licensed CPA Firms 1,760

Accounting Programs in Georgia

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Accounting Salaries and Employment

The ranks of Georgia's CPAs are expected to swell by more than 10,000 between 2012-2022. With a ten year growth rate of nearly 26%, accounting jobs are expected to grow twice as quickly in Georgia than they are nationwide.

The BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) estimates the mean annual wage for Georgia accountants and auditors to be $76,580 which surpasses the national average by $3,000 and the statewide mean wage for all positions by $32,000. Accountants and auditors in Georgia earn 42% more than the average annual salary for all positions in the state.

Projected Job Growth for Accountants

37,830 Employees2016
44,090 Employees2026
Georgia 14.2% increase
1,397,700 Employees2016
1,537,600 Employees2026
United States 9.1% increase
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics OES - State Employment Survey

Accounting Salaries by Specialty

Georgia Avg. Annual Wage United States Avg. Annual Wage

Associate Degree Recommended

Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

\ $39,290

Payroll Clerks

\ $44,200

Credit Counselors

\ $53,310

Bachelor's Degree Recommended

Cost Estimators

\ $64,440

Tax Examiners and Collectors

\ $49,170

Master's Degree Recommended

Accountants and Auditors

\ $74,950

Budget Analysts

\ $73,120

Personal Financial Advisors

\ $115,880

Financial Managers

\ $142,150
Source: BLS OES - Industry Profile

Top-paying cities for accountants

  1. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell
  2. Dalton
  3. Macon
  4. Columbus
  5. Warner Robins
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics OES - State Employment Survey

Major firms headquartered in Georgia

Count Firm Location 2014 Revenue (in millions)
1 Habif, Arogeti & Wynne Atlanta, GA $57
2 Frazier & Deeter Atlanta, GA $66
3 Mauldin & Jenkins Atlanta, GA $44
4 Bennett Thrasher Atlanta, GA $36
5 Smith & Howard Atlanta, GA $24

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 Georgia

The requirements for CPA licensure in Georgia include earning at least a bachelor's degree plus an additional 30 credits of post-secondary education for a total of 150 credit hours. Candidates are required to have taken at least 30 credits in advanced accounting and 24 credits in general business coursework at an accredited college or university.

Candidates for licensure must also have spent one year, or 2,000 hours working directly with or under a CPA in the state. Professional experience is only considered valid if it is completed within one year of the date of application to sit for the CPA exam.

Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Georgia

The State of Georgia requires applicants to have passed all four sections of the Uniform CPA Exam as administered by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Applicants who did not pass the entire examination in their first sitting may apply to retake one or more sections of the test. Re-examination must take place within 18 months of the initial attempt or else candidates will have to start the entire process over.

Age Requirement 18
Citizenship Requirement No
Residency Requirement No
Social Security # Requirement Yes
Education Requirement for Licensure Bachelor's degree (150 hours)
International Programs Yes
Hours in Accounting 20 semester hours
Exam Sitting Requirements 120 hours
Experience Requirements 1 year of accounting experience or 1 year in academia
Ethics Exam N/A

CPAs wishing to relocate to Georgia may apply to have their current home-state licenses transferred to Georgia.

Source: The American Institute of CPAs

CPA exam fees in Georgia

  • Application Fee $150
  • Auditing & Attestation $208
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting $208
  • Regulation $208
  • Business Environment & Concepts $208

CPA Candidates who did not earn passing grades for each of the four parts of the Uniform CPA Exam are subject to a $75 registration fee regardless of the number of sections they are re-taking.

Certifying and Professional Organizations

The Georgia State Board of Accountancy transitioned from operating as a licensing board within the Professional Licensing Board of the Secretary of State to a division of the Georgia State Department of Accounting on July 1, 2014. The Board's functions still include licensing renewals, transfers and verifications. The board also processes complaints from the general public and follows up with investigations and mitigation.

The Georgia Society of Certified Public Accountants is a professional membership organization representing CPAs throughout the state. The GSCPA provides educational opportunities and advocacy on behalf of its members.

Georgia Board of Accountancy


200 Piedmont Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30334

Phone Number

(404) 463-0365


Georgia Society of CPAs


6 Concourse Parkway, Suite 800
Atlanta, GA 30328

Phone Number

(404) 231-8676