A State By State Accounting Guide
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Steps to Becoming an Accountant in Wyoming

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services expects a 9.3 percent increase in the number of accountants employed in the state during the ten-year period between 2016 and 2026, keeping pace with the brisk rate of job growth seen statewide across all industries in recent years. The Wyoming Board of Certified Public Accountants is charged with licensing CPAs in the state and regulating the practice. Effective January 1, 2012, in accordance with the Uniform Accountancy Act (UAA) all CPAs in the state must have 150 semester hours of college credit to include a bachelor’s degree at minimum. In addition, they must pass the Uniform CPA Exam and the AICPA Professional Ethics Exam, as well as complete one year of experience in public accounting, prior to licensure. While satisfying the experience requirement, many would-be CPAs in Wyoming also begin working to earn a master’s degree in accounting to earn the full 150 semester hours required for a CPA license, as bachelor’s programs typically consist of just 120 semester hours. 

Although none of the “Big Four” CPA firms have offices in Wyoming, the nationally recognized McGee, Hearne & Paiz, LLP has an office in Cheyenne where CPAs provide contracted professional services that include everything from external auditing and attestation to management consultation.

Job Trends for Accountants in Wyoming

In 2015, the Wyoming Department of Labor found that a few industry sectors known to be significant employers in the state were also responsible for supporting high-paying jobs in accounting. Among these were the professional, scientific, and technical services industry, public administration, and the mining industry.

Of course, accountants are vital to all of these industries from an operational perspective, but it is interesting to note that professional and business services, which is inclusive of CPAs and other accounting professionals, was counted among the top industries. Some of the biggest employers of accountants within this industry include financial giant Edward Jones and CUSO Financial Services, LP, both with locations in Cheyenne.

For every state and federal government agency that relies on tax dollars, there are specialized government accountants at work to manage allocated funds for payroll and operating costs. They are employed within the Secretary of State’s office, the State Auditor’s office, the State Treasury, and even the Federal Government’s Department of the Interior National Park Service for Yellowstone National Park.

Leisure and hospitality is big business in Wyoming. Managerial accountants are employed in the offices of hotel and resort companies like Snake River Lodge & Spa and Hilton Worldwide in Jackson, as well as world renowned Vail Resorts, Inc. in Jackson Hole. 

The corporate office of fast food giant McDonald’s is located in Rock Springs and is recognized as one of the largest single employers of private management accountants in Wyoming. King Enterprises in Casper is a major player in the area’s construction industry and is also a significant employer of accountants.

Wyoming Accountants: Salary and Employment Facts

The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services expects the number of jobs for accountants in Wyoming to increase by more than 9% between 2016 and 2026. The median salary for an accountant in Wyoming was $60,430 in 2017 according to the US Department of Labor.  Experienced professionals in the top 10% of this occupational category were likely to have CPA licenses, and earned an average of $101,430 that year. 

The average salary of accountants in Wyoming varied between the most highly populated counties in 2017:

Average Salary
Sweetwater County
Natrona County
Laramie County
Albany County

Salaries for Accountants and Auditors in Wyoming’s Urban and Rural Areas

In March of 2018, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services published it’s occupational employment and wages summary showing salary ranges for CPAs and other accountants in Casper and Cheyenne, as well as regional data for non-metropolitan areas of the state (ranges shown are average – top 10%):

Area name
Annual mean wage
Casper WY
$74976 - $148396
Cheyenne WY
$54674 - $91013
Northwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
$67393 - $114352
Southwestern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
$63938 - $100167
Northeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
$59515 - $95618
Southeastern Wyoming nonmetropolitan area
$55972 - $80617

Salary and employment data compiled by the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics in May of 2017 and published by the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services in March of 2018. Figures represent accumulated data for all areas of specialty within the field of accounting and auditing.

Wyoming Tax Laws in the News

Wyoming is attractive to many who are relocating, especially retirees, because it does not have a personal state income tax. The state’s sales tax of four percent is charged on everything except prescriptions and food purchased for home consumption, and property taxes are set at a fractional assessment rate, applying to a fraction of the property’s full market value. Personal property that is held for personal use is exempt from taxation in Wyoming.

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