Through primarily known as an agricultural state, Idaho's economy has expanded significantly in recent decades through industries such as electronics manufacturing, chemical products, and science and technology. It's also the home of both Albertson's and Micron Technology, two Fortune 500 Companies. Idaho is one of the smallest U.S. states, but it employs a proportionally large number of accountants and auditors: around 3,900 throughout the state. That number is expected to grow in the future, with an increase of 14.5% expected from 2016 to 2026. Deloitte & Touche and KPMG, two of the “Big Four” international CPA firms, have office locations in downtown Boise, which is the financial and business center of the state.

Idaho at a glance

Population 1,716,943
Per Capita Income $23,938
Unemployment Rate 2.7%
Fortune 500 Companies 1
Licensed CPA Firms 358

Accounting Programs in Idaho

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Accounting Salaries and Employment

Employment for accountants and auditors in Idaho is estimated to rise 11.5% by 2022. The average annual salary is $68,070, with several of the speciality accountant positions earning close to or more than six digits. Although Boise is the largest metro area in the state, and subsequently employs the largest concentration of accountants, other top-paying Idahoan cities for accountants include Pocatello, Idaho Falls, Lewiston and Coeur d'Alene.

The average annual salary for accountants in Boise is $64,920, however salaries can range from $33,800 to $108,570 throughout the state.

Projected Job Growth for Accountants

3,960 Employees2016
4,800 Employees2026
Idaho 17.5% 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

Idaho Avg. Annual Wage United States Avg. Annual Wage

Associate Degree Recommended

Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

\ $37,560

Payroll Clerks

\ $39,010

Credit Counselors

\ $46,180

Bachelor's Degree Recommended

Cost Estimators

\ $57,590

Tax Examiners and Collectors

\ $51,320

Master's Degree Recommended

Accountants and Auditors

\ $64,640

Budget Analysts

\ $70,490

Personal Financial Advisors

\ $104,890

Financial Managers

\ $97,960
Source: BLS OES - Industry Profile

Top-paying cities for accountants

  1. Pocatello
  2. Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area
  3. Lewiston
  4. Boise City
  5. South Central Idaho nonmetropolitan area
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics OES - State Employment Survey

Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Accountancy administers the Uniform CPA Exam to Idaho candidates who meet the eligibility requirements listed below. Those individuals who have have not been licensed as a CPA but have successfully completed the CPA exam in another jurisdiction should use this transfer form to apply for an Idaho CPA license. Those who do hold a license or certificate from another jurisdiction may complete the Application for License by Reciprocity.

Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Idaho

The Idaho State Board of Accountancy states that the following requirements are necessary to be eligible for CPA licensure:

  • Candidates must be 18 years or older
  • Although U.S. Citizenship is not required, residency (past or present) or an intent to reside in Idaho is required
  • 150 credit hours (24 of which must be upper-level accounting semester hours) including a baccalaureate degree must be earned
  • The equivalent of 1 year of experience in public practice, academia, industry or government environment
  • All candidates must pass the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure

In order to become licensed, candidates must complete an ethics course in addition to meeting the postsecondary education requirements as stated by the Board of Accountancy.

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

Source: The American Institute of CPAs

CPA exam fees in Idaho

  • Application Fee $100
  • Auditing & Attestation $208
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting $208
  • Regulation $208
  • Business Environment & Concepts $208

Special fees include $100 for transfer candidates who took the exam in a jurisdiction other than Idaho, and a potential $50 re-examination application fee for those candidates who fail to pass all four sections of the test within the allotted 18-month time period. Credit for passed sections is applicable only within the 18-month period.

Certifying and Professional Organizations

The Idaho Board of Accountancy is the official body responsible for regulating public accountants' conduct and providing the public with reliable and cost effective services, whereas the Idaho Society of CPAs is a professional membership organization that represents accountants in the public sector, business industry, educational and government institutions. The Society strives to uphold codes of ethics and standards in the accounting profession while also providing networking opportunities for licensed or certified CPAs.

Idaho Board of Accountancy


P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720

Phone Number

(208) 334-2490


Idaho Society of CPAs


P.O. Box 2896
Boise, ID 83701

Phone Number

(208) 344-2896