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Accounting Services – Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

SIC 8721  |  NAICS 541210

This free online guide to industry research and analysis provides sources for industry statistics, trends, and forecasts, financial ratios, salary surveys, and more.

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Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts

Industry Research Reports
Accounting, Tax & Auditing Services  (view report)
Payroll & Bookkeeping Services  (view report)
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:
Sample industry research report and selected industry statistics including market size, five-year average growth rate, number of businesses, and total employment are available free online.

SourceMedia LLC
Accounting Today / top-100-CPA-firms

Monthly publication provides news and information for the public accounting profession, with special features including the annual "Top 100 Firms and Regional Leaders" issue which ranks the top firms by total revenues, practice area (e.g., audit and accounting, tax, consulting), change in revenue from the previous year, and geographic region. Digital editions of the magazine can be viewed free online.

Sift Media Inc.

Online business community provides news and information for certified public accountants and other accounting professionals, with topic categories covered including "Tax" (e.g., business tax, sales tax, IRS, individuals), "Practice" (e.g., clients, growth, strategies), "A&A" (e.g., standards, auditing, fraud), "Bookkeeping", and "Technology" (e.g., Excel, software, trends). All articles are available free online.

Association of International Certified Professional Accountants
National MAP Survey

Biennial benchmarking survey allows users to see a clear picture of how their firm aligns with similar- sized firms on a national and regional basis, with optional features including a dynamic platform with filtering options that can be used to analyze the survey results by firm size based on fees, number of CPAs, geographic region, and other selected criteria. Executive summary can be viewed free online.

Thomson Reuters
PPC's Guide to Managing an Accounting Practice

Comprehensive guide provides in-depth information on managing an accounting practice, with topics covered including firm administration, personnel management, billing, collecting, and managing cash flows, facility management, managing technology, practice development, ownership issues, avoiding legal liability, performance benchmarking, and firm profiles. Table of contents is available free online.

Allied Market Research
Accounting Services

Comprehensive report provides an in-depth analysis of the market for these services on a global and regional basis, with data provided in the report including market size and forecast by type of services (e.g., tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, others), method of deployment (e.g., on-premises, cloud based), global region (e.g., North America), and for selected countries (e.g., United States, Canada).

The Business Research Company
Accounting Services

Market research report provides a detailed analysis of this service sector on a global basis, with data provided in the report including market size and forecasts by type of services (e.g., financial auditing, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll, other), end-user industry (e.g., construction, manufacturing, IT services, financial services, others), region (e.g., North America), and country (e.g., U.S.A., Canada).

BizMiner Market Analysis Reports
Accounting, Auditing, and Bookkeeping Services  Search for "5412" to see available reports

Market analysis reports provide 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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

BizMiner Industry Financial Ratios
Accounting, Auditing, and Bookkeeping Services  Search for "5412" to see available reports
Five-year financial statement analysis reports provide income statements, balance sheets, and key industry financial ratios for companies of all sizes, with financial data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level including:
Sample financial statement and ratio analysis report is available free online.

Industry Research Reports
Accounting, Tax & Auditing Services
(see links for individual reports)  (sample spreadsheet)

Financial benchmarks section provides detailed comparative income statements and balance sheets and over twenty-five industry financial ratios, with financial benchmarks available for each of the five most recent fiscal years and on a historical average basis for three-year, five-year, and ten-year time periods. Sample spreadsheet that includes breakdowns by total asset size can be viewed free online.

Rosenberg Associates
National Survey of CPA Firm Statistics

Annual survey of over 300 CPA firms provides comparative data on annual fees, leverage, utilization, billing rates, realization, net income per partner, and more, with survey results broken out by practice size (e.g., sole practitioner, annual fees under $2M, $2M to $10M, $10M to $20M, over $20M), metro market population size (e.g., under 250K, 250K to 1M, 1M to 2M, over 2M), and geographic location.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

Robert Half
Salary Guide / online-calculator

Annual salary guide provides starting salary ranges for public accounting personnel, with job titles for audit, assurance, and tax positions covered in the guide including senior manager/director, manager, senior, staff with 1 to 3 years of experience, and staff with less than 1 year of experience. Free online calculator can be used to estimate the starting salary range for specific job titles by metropolitan area.

PayScale, Inc.
Accounting, Auditing, and Tax Services

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as accounting manager, senior accountant, staff accountant, senior auditing manager, senior auditor, staff auditor, and senior tax manager with employers for which data is provided including EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, Deloitte Touche, LLP, KPMG, LLP, and BDO Siedman, LLP.

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BV Guides and Databases

Private Company Sales Transaction Databases
Free "Visitor Search" allows users to search the DealStats, BIZCOMPS, and FactSet/BVR databases for public and private company sales transactions by SIC or NAICS Code. These databases provide detailed information for sales transactions including sales price and terms, purchase price allocation, target financial data, and deal-derived valuation multiples. Sample reports can be viewed free online.

BVR Guides & Books
What It's Worth: Accounting Firm Value

BVR special report offers vital insights from industry experts on how to value an accounting firm, with topics covered including unique factors that drive practice value, top issues to consider when valuing a firm, how practices are sold, revenue components multiplier for a practice, valuation benchmarking data and rules of thumb, and relevant case digests. Detailed table of contents is available free online.

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