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Top 5 Accounting Firms For Work-Life Balance

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Sometimes working for a public accounting firm doesn’t have to be all about prestige, high pay, and long hours. For those looking for accounting firms that offer a great work-life balance, checkout these top ranked accounting firms by Vault.com.

5) Frank Rimerman + Co. LLP


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Frank Rimerman + Co is a California based firm that offers unique flexibility and work-life balance. Its founder, Frank W. Rimerman, opened the first office in San Carlos, California in 1949 and over the last 65 years they’ve expanded up the West Coast. The firm works with Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and provides tax consulting and planning, audit and financial reporting, investment advisory services, and outsourced accounting support.

Primary Office:

  • Palo Alto, California

Number of Employees:

  • 400

Salary by Level:

  • Associate: $59,315
  • Senior Associate: $75,194
  • Senior Manager: $178,667

4) Moss Adams LLP


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Moss Adams LLP is the nation’s 15th largest firm ranked by revenue. With over 28 offices, primarily in the western United States, Moss Adams is a leader in assurance, consulting, and tax. The firm was founded back in 1913 when a Seattle based accountant, John G. McIntosh, opened a small firm servicing the Northeast forest production industry. Six years later, Albert Moss and Edwin Adams joined the firm which was eventually named after the pair. The firm’s reach eventually spread beyond the Pacific Northwest-Washington and Oregon area and into California, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, and most recently Texas.

Primary Office:

  • Seattle, Washington

Number of Employees:

  • 2,500

Salary by Level:

  • Staff Accountant: $55,709
  • Tax Senior: $70,196
  • Senior Manager: $134,463

3) Brown Smith Wallace LLP


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Brown Smith Wallace LLP has over 300 employees and more than $43 million in revenue, making it a prominent firm in the Midwest. Its St. Louis based firm offers audits, accounting, tax, and business advisory services. Brown Smith Wallace LLP is consistently ranked as one the best workplaces in the region.

Primary Office:

  • St. Louis, Missouri

Number of Employees:

  • 300

Salary by Level

  • Staff Accountant: $52,742
  • Senior Auditor: $66,000 – $70,000
  • Manager: $76,000 – $84,000

2) Plante Moran

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Plante Moran is a Midwest firm and is ranked as the 14th largest firm in the United States. With over 2,200 employees in 23 offices, Plante Moran is considered one of the premier firms in the Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio region. This firm specializes in audit, tax, consulting, and wealth management services.

Primary Office:

  • Southfield, Michigan

Number of Employees:

  • 2,200

Salary by Level

  • Tax/Audit Staff: $57,700 – $58,880
  • Senior Consultant: $82,603
  • Wealth Management Manager: $176,267

1) Friedman LLP


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Friedman LLP has been providing accounting services since 1924 and is headquartered in Manhattan with locations throughout the Northeast. They are a mid-size accounting firm that combines the staff and resources of a large firm with a philosophy of personal responsibility for their clients. They consistently rank as one of the most flexible firms when it comes to hours and work-life balance.

Primary Office:

  • New York, New York

Number of Employees:

  • 450

Salary by Level

  • Staff Auditor: $55,093
  • Senior Accountant: $77,645
  • Senior Tax Manager: $163,910

In order to be a successful professional one must balance work with everything else if life. If you want to be able to come into the office everyday focused and motivated, you must balance your day job with keeping yourself healthy, spending time doing activities you enjoy, and seeing friends and family.  Finding a firm that exemplifies strong work-life balance concepts shows that management really cares about the physical and mental well being of their employees.

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