Nevada is known primarily for its entertainment and gambling, but the state is also a major center of mining and cattle ranching. Two Fortune 500 companies call Nevada home, both of which are hospitality providers: Las Vegas Sands and MGM Resorts International. The state's varied economy produces an annual GDP of $147.5 billion, which ranks 33rd among U.S. states. Nevada has more than 400 licensed CPA firms and offices for each of the “Big Four” international CPA firms (Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Ernst & Young), and the sate employs more than 35,710 total accountants and auditors. Accounting jobs in Nevada are expected to grow by 13.3% from 2016 to 2026—more than triple the national average and third among all U.S. states.

Nevada at a glance

Population 2,998,039
Per Capita Income $25,773
Unemployment Rate 4.5%
Fortune 500 Companies 4
Licensed CPA Firms 405

Accounting Programs in Nevada

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Accounting Salaries and Employment

By 2022, Nevadan accountants and auditors can look forward to a 14.6% increase in employment opportunities over 2012. The new growth represents the creation of over 9,000 new positions during this period and also exceeds national averages for growth in this industry.

Top-paying cities include Reno, Las Vegas and Sparks, where CPAs regularly earn between $57,840 and $63,790 annually on average. Salaries in the six-digit range are possible as well, depending on a CPA's degree level, licensure status and speciality.

Projected Job Growth for Accountants

7,830 Employees2016
9,580 Employees2026
Nevada 18.3% 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

Nevada Avg. Annual Wage United States Avg. Annual Wage

Associate Degree Recommended

Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

\ $39,750

Payroll Clerks

\ $44,200

Credit Counselors

\ $57,940

Bachelor's Degree Recommended

Cost Estimators

\ $63,640

Tax Examiners and Collectors

\ $66,240

Master's Degree Recommended

Accountants and Auditors

\ $65,580

Budget Analysts

\ $71,920

Personal Financial Advisors

\ $116,300

Financial Managers

\ $120,020
Source: BLS OES - Industry Profile

Top-paying cities for accountants

  1. Carson City
  2. Reno
  3. South Nevada nonmetropolitan area
  4. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise
  5. North Nevada nonmetropolitan area
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics OES - State Employment Survey

Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Nevada

The CPA Exam in Nevada is administered by the State Board of Accountancy. Candidates planning to sit for the exam must fulfill the requirements listed below. The exam is made up of four sections, all of which must be passed within an 18 month long period. It is quite common for students to retake individual sections of the exam until they receive a passing score.

Nevada supports reciprocal licensure, as well as original licensure for those individuals who took the exam in another state but are not yet licensed.

Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Nevada

Eligibility for CPA licensure in the state of Nevada calls for the following criteria to be met:

  • Be a resident of Nevada
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree
  • Meet the 150 hour educational requirement
  • Complete 30 semester hours of upper level accounting courses
  • Complete 2 years of experience working in public accounting or auditing, OR 4 years experience working in internal or governmental auditing
  • Pass an ethics exam that has been approved by the Board within the last 3 years
Age Requirement N/A
Citizenship Requirement No
Residency Requirement Yes
Social Security # Requirement Yes
Education Requirement for Licensure Bachelor's degree (150 hours)
Participates in International Programs Yes
Hours in Accounting 30 semester hours
Exam Sitting Requirements 150 hours
Experience Requirements 2 years of public accounting experience or 4 years of experience in internal audit or governmental accounting and auditing
Ethics Exam Ethics exam approved by state board

A State Board – approved ethics exam can be ordered through the AICPA Professional Ethics for CPA's (1-888-777-7077) or PES Ethics & Professional Conduct (1-800-990-2731).

Source: The American Institute of CPAs

CPA exam fees in Nevada

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

Checks should be made payable to the Nevada State Board of Accountancy. Neither the State Board site nor NASBA list any other exam fees.

Certifying and Professional Organizations

The Nevada State Board of Accountancy is the body responsible for maintaining professional conduct codes, regulating the practice of CPAs and firms, providing forms and applications, and CPA licensing information. The State Board also collects the CPA Exam fees and administers the test. Once licensed, CPAs may join the Nevada Society of CPAs, a professional organization designed to unite CPAs within the state of Nevada.

The Society provides advocacy for its members as well as resources and networking, and strives to uphold the code of professional conduct as laid down by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Nevada State Board of Accountancy


1325 Airmotive Way Suite 220
Reno, NV 89502

Phone Number

(775) 786-0231

Nevada Society of CPAs


750 Sandhill Road Suite 120
Reno, NV 89521

Phone Number

(775) 826-6800