Accounting Degrees in Wyoming
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 2.5% through 2024, which is among the slowest growth in the country.
Wyoming at a glance
|Per Capita Income||$29,698|
|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
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
- Casper, WY$71,190
- Cheyenne, WY$61,170
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.
|Social Security # Requirement||Yes|
|Education Requirement for Licensure||150 credit hours including bachelor's degree|
|Participates in International Programs||Yes|
|Hours in Accounting||Bachelor's degree: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours accounting courses which includes financial accounting, auditing, taxation and management accounting. Or: 24 semester hours or equivalent quarter hours in upper division or graduate accounting courses which includes business law, economics, management, marketing, finance, business communications, statistics, quantitative methods, technical writing, information systems or technology, ethics or other areas as may be determined by the Board.|
|Exam Sitting Requirements||150 hours with bachelor's degree must be completed or documentation that the requirement will be completed within 90 days of the application date must be supplied|
|Experience Requirements||One year experience in public accounting. All public accounting experience shall be gained through employment in government, industry, academia or the practice of public accounting.|
|Ethics Exam||Must pass AICPA Professional Ethics Exam for initial licensure|
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 $90
- 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