Accountants and Accounting Firms
SIC 8721 | NAICS 541210
The following guide to industry information, research, and analysis provides
sources for industry trends
financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.
the following sections listed below to view available resources by category:
industry analysis, trends, statistics, and
statements and financial ratios;
compensation and salary surveys;
and business valuation resources.
For guides to other industries, see
our index of over 400 industries.
Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts
Comprehensive industry research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts,
with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships
that affect industries and their performance. Topics addressed in the reports include:
- Market size, product segments, and major markets
- Key industry trends, statistics, and financial ratios
- Operating conditions and current performance
- Competitive landscape and environment
- Major company profiles and market shares
- Five-year outlook and growth forecasts
Sample report and selected data including market size based on revenue, five-year average growth rate, number
of businesses, and total employment are available free online.
Monthly trade magazine features news and information for the accounting profession, with topics covered
including practice management, marketing and practice development, regulatory and legislative updates,
technology, and mergers and acquisitions. Selected articles from current and prior issues can be viewed
free online with registration, with free print or digital edition subscriptions available for qualified
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Management of an Accounting Practice Handbook
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Comprehensive three-volume guide provides in-depth information on managing an accounting practice, with
content section topics including developing a practice, practice administration, personnel, owner issues,
and management data (including benchmarking and statistical information from the annual National MAP Survey
and the AICPA Practitioners Symposium survey). Detailed table of contents can be viewed free online.
Market analysis report provides industry statistics for a user-defined area on a national,
state, county, metro area, or zip code level, with data provided including number of
companies, market volume and sales trends, average company
sales, sales per employee, staffing and employment trends, average employee wage, and business start up
activity and failure rates. Sample report can be viewed online.
Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
Industry Financial Ratios
Accounting, Auditing, and Bookkeeping Services
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios,
with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level including:
- Income and expenses in dollars and percentages
- Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
- Profitability and return on investment ratios
- Liquidity and working capital ratios
- Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
- Capital structure and debt service ratios
Sample national and metropolitan area reports are available free online.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
PCPS / TSCPA National MAP Survey
Annual benchmarking study provides information on practice income and expenses, billing rates, total
and chargeable hours, staffing levels, compensation and benefits, and more, with survey contents broken
out in individual reports by state, geographic region (e.g., Northeast, South, Midwest, and West), and
practice size based on revenues (e.g., small - less than $500K, medium - $500K to $1.5M, and large -
$1.5M to $10M+).
National Survey of CPA Firm Statistics
Annual survey of over 400 CPA firms provides information on net fees, billing rates, total and chargeable
hours, utilization, income per partner, and more, with survey results broken out by practice size (e.g.,
sole practitioners, less than $2M, $2M to $10M, $10M to $20M, more than $20M), metropolitan area market
population, and geographic location. Detailed
description of survey can be
viewed free online.
Compensation and Salary Surveys
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Occupational Outlook Handbook - Accountants and Auditors
Information provided for this occupational category includes a description of the nature of the work and
the work environment, number and types of jobs, education and training requirements, wages and earnings,
employment outlook, and sources for additional information. All information is available free online.
Accounting and Finance Salary Guide
Annual salary guide provides average starting salary ranges for personnel employed by public accounting
firms, with salary data broken out by firm size based on annual revenues. Online
can be used to estimate the average starting salary range for specific job positions in a local market,
with selection criteria including zip code, job category, position level, and firm size. All information
is available free online.
ERI Economic Research Institute
Accounting Services Salary Survey
Annual salary survey provides compensation data for executive, salaried, and hourly personnel employed
in this service sector on a national and regional level, with services categories covered in the survey
including auditing, accounting, bookkeeping, tax return preparation, and payroll processing services.
Complete listing of all job positions included in the survey and sample pages for selected job positions
are accessible online.
Business Valuation Resources
Valuing Professional Practices and Licenses:
A Guide for the Matrimonial Practitioner
Part D: Accounting Practices
Ronald L. Brown (Editor), Wolters Kluwer, supplemented annually
Valuation guide contains over 45 chapters focused on valuing professional practices, degrees, and licenses
for divorce purposes, with professions covered including attorneys, accountants, physicians, and dentists.
Detailed table of contents and searchable text can be viewed online using "Google Preview" feature.
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