Accounting Schools

There are 2,466 accredited accounting schools in the country. As a professor or instructor of accounting classes at one of these schools, you play a key role in shaping the future of this growing field. Below are charts, statistics and analysis of the trends in accounting academia which includes accounting training at the following levels:

  • Accounting Certificate
  • Associates degree in Accounting
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting
  • Masters degree in Accounting
  • PhD degree in Accounting


Statistics

Professional Trends

National Employment growth for Accounting professionals

3,794,530 3,814,800 3,829,580 3,671,540 3,526,740
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Dark Yellow: Actual Values

There were 3,526,740 accounting professionals working in the US in 2010. Over the course of the past 4 years, this number has shrunk by 7%.

This decline is faster than the growth for all careers during the same time period. There was a 1% decline for all careers. Until 2018 this trend is expected to contine.

National Salary percentiles for Accounting professionals

10th percentile
$28,238
25th percentile
$34,748
50th percentile
$43,902
75th percentile
$56,238
90th percentile
$70,443

Accounting professionals in the US earned a median salary of $43,902 per year in 2010. The national median salary for all professions, was $68,155 in the same year. Thus, the median yearly salary for accounting professionals in the US was 31% less than the national median salary for all professions.

National Median Salary Growth For Accounting

$39,205 $40,725 $42,073 $43,038 $43,902
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Salaries

Accounting professionals' salaries have seen a 12% growth from the year 2006 to the year 2010.

Educational Trends

National Accounting Student enrollment growth by degree

13,927 14,462 16,258 17,099 15,612
41,201 43,733 45,281 48,038 48,730
42 38 41 43 30
10,695 11,521 12,221 13,562 14,252
9,528 9,611 9,704 11,402 11,983
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Associate's Degree in Accounting
  • Blue: Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
  • Red: Doctorates Degree in Accounting
  • Light blue: Master's Degree in Accounting
  • Grey: Certificate in Accounting

We are seeing a rapid change in the career outlook for accounting professionals. However, the story on the educational front is quite different. In the US, 75,393 students graduated from accounting degree programs in 2006. And in 2010, 90,607 students graduated from accounting schools.

This represents a 20% change in 4 years. This growth in the number of students graduating from accounting courses is greater than the change nationally for students graduating from institutions for higher education in general, which has been a 12% growth from 2006 to 2010.

Accounting Programs offered Nationwide

associate
1,082
bachelor
1,173
master
435
doctor
18
Certificate
947
Total3,655

It is interesting to note that while student graduation is up, the number of schools offering accounting programs has also increased. In 2006 there were 2349 accounting schools across the nation, and in 2010, there were 2466 schools.

Accounting Faculty Salaries

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States

  1. California190 Schools
  2. New York149 Schools
  3. Texas141 Schools
  4. Pennsylvania129 Schools
  5. Ohio119 Schools
  6. Florida109 Schools
  7. Illinois102 Schools
  8. North Carolina101 Schools
  9. Michigan74 Schools
  10. Minnesota71 Schools
  11. Georgia71 Schools
  12. Indiana71 Schools
  13. Missouri60 Schools
  14. Virginia57 Schools
  15. Wisconsin57 Schools
  16. Washington State51 Schools
  17. New Jersey50 Schools
  18. Iowa49 Schools
  19. Massachusetts47 Schools
  20. Tennessee46 Schools
  21. Oklahoma45 Schools
  22. Alabama43 Schools
  23. Louisiana42 Schools
  24. Kansas40 Schools
  25. Colorado38 Schools
  26. Kentucky38 Schools
  27. South Carolina36 Schools
  28. Arkansas36 Schools
  29. Arizona35 Schools
  30. Maryland32 Schools
  31. Utah32 Schools
  32. Oregon30 Schools
  33. Connecticut26 Schools
  34. West Virginia26 Schools
  35. New Mexico24 Schools
  36. Mississippi22 Schools
  37. South Dakota19 Schools
  38. Nebraska18 Schools
  39. New Hampshire15 Schools
  40. Montana13 Schools
  41. Maine13 Schools
  42. Washington DC12 Schools
  43. Hawaii12 Schools
  44. Idaho12 Schools
  45. Nevada11 Schools
  46. North Dakota11 Schools
  47. Delaware10 Schools
  48. Wyoming9 Schools
  49. Rhode Island8 Schools
  50. Vermont8 Schools
  51. Alaska5 Schools

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