The smallest state in the country by population, Wyoming is also the second-smallest economy, with a GDP of just $37.9 billion. It may be small, but Wyoming plays an important role in the region, with major industries in agriculture, tourism, and mineral and energy extraction (including coal and natural gas). Wyoming is unique in that its economy is based almost entirely around these three industries, with other fields making only small contributions to overall GDP. This lack of economic diversity may play a role in the lower demand for accounting professionals: the state employs around 1,800 accountants and auditors in total, and job openings are expected to increase by just 9.3% through 2026, which is slightly lower than the national average.

Wyoming at a glance

Population 579,315
Per Capita Income $29,698
Unemployment Rate 4.1%
Fortune 500 Companies 0
Licensed CPA Firms 149

Accounting Programs in Wyoming

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Accounting Salaries and Employment

Salaries for accounting positions in Wyoming are on par with national averages, allowing individuals with advanced degrees to earn over $100,000 in annually. The majority of employment opportunities are found in the state's two major cities, Casper and Cheyenne.

None of the Big Four international accounting firms have offices in the state, however, there are well-established local firms and businesses in need of professionals with strong financial backgrounds.

Projected Job Growth for Accountants

1,750 Employees2016
2,160 Employees2026
Wyoming 19% 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

Wyoming Avg. Annual Wage United States Avg. Annual Wage

Associate Degree Recommended

Bookkeeping and Auditing Clerks

\ $38,710

Payroll Clerks

\ $43,090

Credit Counselors

\ $39,850

Bachelor's Degree Recommended

Cost Estimators

\ $70,800

Master's Degree Recommended

Accountants and Auditors

\ $67,510

Budget Analysts

\ $68,020

Personal Financial Advisors

\ $118,620

Financial Managers

\ $109,170
Source: BLS OES - Industry Profile

Top-paying cities for accountants

  1. Casper
  2. Northwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
  3. Southwest Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
  4. Northeast Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
  5. Cheyenne
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics OES - State Employment Survey

Becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) in Wyoming

Anyone wanting to provide accounting services in Wyoming must hold a valid state certificate, as well as a permit from the employing firm.

Wyoming is a one-tier state, which means that all applicants must meet minimum education, experience and examination requirements before obtaining certification and permission to work for a registered firm or establish an independent practice.

Eligibility for CPA Licensure in Wyoming

Eligibility for CPA licensure follows standard requirements in place in most states. Wyoming will accept examination credit transfers from other states as long as the applicant establishes residency in the state and brings qualifications that meet or exceed the state's requirements.

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 Yes
Hours in Accounting 24 semester hours
Exam Sitting Requirements 150 hours
Experience Requirements 1 year of accounting experience
Ethics Exam AICPA Ethics Exam

Wyoming requires all new applicants to complete an 8-credit Professional Ethics Course. The state currently accepts the AICPA's Comprehensive Course.

Source: The American Institute of CPAs

CPA exam fees in Wyoming

  • Application Fee $110
  • Auditing & Attestation $208
  • Financial Accounting & Reporting $208
  • Regulation $208
  • Business Environment & Concepts $208

Candidates will be charged an additional fee of $67.50 if they do not agree to disclose personal information to the national candidate database when applying for the CPA exam.

Certifying and Professional Organizations

The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants is the online source for anyone seeking CPA certification in the state. It contains all the pertinent information about exams, licensure and public information about CPA firms throughout the state.

The Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants offers professional development courses and other benefits for its members. The organization is dedicated to upholding standards of professionalism in the field and to providing networking opportunities for aspiring and current CPAs.

Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants


325 West 18th Street; Suite 4
Cheyenne, WY 82002

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Wyoming Society of Certified Public Accountants


504 West 17th Street; Suite 200
Cheyenne, WY 82001

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