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AICPA Overview
Durham, NC
501 to 1000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants is a national, professional association of CPAs, with more than 412,000 members from all areas of practice and over 144 countries. The AICPA Team is comprised of more than 800 dynamic professionals across a variety of ... Read more

Mission: Powering the success of global business, CPAs, CGMAs and specialty credentials by providing the most relevant knowledge, resources and advocacy, and protecting the evolving public interest.

AICPA – Why Work For Us?

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Where Dedication, Pride and Excellence Count

Does the idea of joining a team of passionate and dedicated staff working towards a common goal in an innovative organization rich with history appeal to you? Are you a motivated and creative problem-solver who thrives in a team environment? If so, you may be the perfect fit for us— and us for you. At the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), we understand that our longstanding success results from our diverse workforce that drives our business initiatives.

Our mission is to provide our members with the resources, information and leadership that enable them to deliver valuable services in the highest professional manner to benefit the public, employers and clients.

Who We Are

We are the world’s largest member association representing the accounting profession, with more than 394,000 members in 128 countries and a 128-year heritage of serving the public interest. Our members represent many areas of practice, including business and industry, public practice, government, education and consulting.

We set ethical standards for the profession and U.S. auditing standards for audits of private companies, nonprofit organizations, federal, state and local governments. We also develop and grade the Uniform CPA Examination and offer specialty credentials for CPAs who concentrate on personal financial planning; fraud and forensics; business valuation; and information technology.

Through a joint venture with the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), we have established the Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) designation to elevate management accounting globally.

An award-winning member service organization, the AICPA fosters and encourages an environment that values collaboration, cross-functional team relationships and professional growth.

With a staff of about 800 of the best strategic thinkers and service providers in the profession, we are committed to building and supporting a healthy and personally rewarding workplace. Our environment encourages a balanced lifestyle through a well thought-out benefits plan geared to personal needs, continued growth through ongoing training programs and access to management and leadership who are committed to listening to new ideas, supporting growth, communications and knowledge sharing. We value our professional careers at the AICPA and we believe in creating a workplace culture that’s friendly, rewarding and fun.

Life at the AICPA 

With over 128 years of service to the CPA profession, the AICPA is not your conventional non-profit company. We share attributes with the world’s most successful organizations – a focus on customer service and smart business practices comes to mind – but even as we continue to grow, we’re committed to retaining our personalized approach to staff needs.

At the AICPA, we know that every team member has something important to say, and that every team member is integral to our success. We provide competitive compensation packages, comprising a competitive salary, along with the opportunity to earn further financial rewards and advancements for those who demonstrate dedication and excellence.

The AICPA has offices around the US, but regardless of where we are, we nurture an invigorating, positive environment by hiring talented people who share our commitment to the CPA Profession. AICPA Team members thrive in teams large and small, focused on providing our members with leading products, services and information. We’re always on the look-out for new members of Team AICPA.

Top Reasons Why the AICPA is a Great Place to Work 

Be part of an innovative organization with a rich history. We have over 128 years of history in the marketplace, providing professional services to our members, stability and growth for our staff and working for the best interest of the public. Innovation is the key to our longevity.

There is more to us than just numbers. We have teams that are dedicated to creating opportunities to make the workplace fun and engaging.

At the AICPA, family comes first! We honor all families, have resources to help support new parents, and consider your four-legged pets family members as well.

You can balance your life. Flexible work-life arrangements are available to many staff members in order to help balance the scales between life and work.

Look for a job, find a career. We grow our leaders from the inside. And we have opportunities for a wide variety of interests for both CPAs and non-CPAs.

We have a comprehensive benefit package. We offer progressive benefits such as community days, parental leave and domestic partner medical coverage -- to name a few. AICPA team members also receive some of the same benefits as our members through our member benefit programs.

We give back to the community. Our programs allow staff members to volunteer on an ongoing basis. For example, we are active in homeless and animal shelters, Habitat for Humanity, SPCA and many others.

Here, you can influence change. Our Vision & Values outline our commitment to each staff member as an integral member of our team. We take seriously and value staff ideas, opinions and contributions.

You’re a partner in our road map for the future. At the AICPA, we have a strong culture of information sharing. Our team is kept apprised of our strategy and how we’re achieving our goals through staff publications, an Intranet site, town hall meetings with leadership and more ongoing communications.

Meet Team AICPA

At AICPA our most valuable resource is our people. Team AICPA has more than 800 employees across five locations and we are growing every day. From tri-athletes to Ph.D's, AICPA's staff is a diverse array of talents and experiences which help form our unique culture.

The best way to learn what it’s like to work for a company is to hear directly from people who work there—hear from our team first-hand what it's like to work at AICPA!

























What's in it for you

When it comes to our benefits, the AICPA offers everything you'd expect from most companies, like health insurance, retirement benefits and so on. But we are not your traditional non-profit from down the street. We offer much more than the basics. Our benefits are designed to take care of the whole you and keep you healthy, whether physically, emotionally or financially.



All the basics are covered with comprehensive medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance. You have a choice of two medical plans, a PPO plan or a high deductible plan with a health savings account (HSA), depending on your needs and preference.

We also offer diverse coverage options to accommodate all family types, including domestic partner and same-sex spouse coverage.

At the AICPA we believe prevention is vital to maintaining health and wellbeing.   We offer a gym membership program which makes it easier for our employees to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.



AICPA advocates saving for a financially secure retirement as an important part financial health. Our 401(k) plan offers automatic enrollment to make it easy to participate, as well as an annual automatic contribution increase to help employees reach their savings goals.

Matching contributions are made on 100% of the first 2% of your contributions, and 50% of the next 4%, for a total match of 4% of pay. In addition, the AICPA makes an automatic contribution of 1.25% every pay period whether you contribute to the plan or not.

An extra annual contribution of up to 1.5% may also be made based on company performance for the year. The total possible AICPA contribution is 6.75%.


The AICPA also has Flexible Spending Accounts (medical & dependent care) and a Health Savings Account, linked to the high deductible medical plan, to save on taxes and help build savings for the future. The Health Savings Account includes a generous employer contribution to boost your savings from the get go.

If you experience a short term disability, we have a generous salary continuation plan to help cover the gap in lost wages.



Having time away from work is essential to relax, recharge and maintain emotional wellbeing. In addition to vacation, sick pay and paid holidays, we also offer paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers to care for their newborn or newly adopted child.

Sometimes you may need a little extra support and the AICPA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) will be there. Services for employees and their dependents include free short-term counseling, legal consultations, and financial counseling. 


Career growth and development is encouraged at the AICPA. We have a long tradition of promoting from within, including four of our six executives who have advanced through the ranks.   Our generous tuition reimbursement program includes both undergraduate and graduate coursework. Once on board, employees never stop learning through our many internal and external training programs to shore up skills needed on the job or to prepare for the next move.

We consider it our responsibility to make a positive impact in the communities we serve.  Employee teams provide multiple community service opportunities throughout the year including food collection drives, and volunteer days at homeless shelters, animal shelters, food pantries, and other community service organizations.Employees also receive a full day of pay each year to spend on an additional community service project of their choice.

We understand that flexible work arrangements help in managing the many conflicting demands of business and family life. Taking some of that stress away with flexibility goes a long way to achieving emotional wellbeing.


But wait, there’s more… Some extras the AICPA offers include Adoption Expense Reimbursement, pre-tax commuter benefits, and gratis AICPA dues for those who qualify.

Benefits may vary depending on location, length of service and are subject to change without notice. The exact terms and conditions of the benefits are governed by Benefit Plan Documents. Any differences between this summary and the plan documents are not intended, but if any differences are found to exist, the documents will govern. Please contact Human Resources for more information.


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    Benefits are great. Work-life balance is encouraged (for most positions).


    It's an association, so the pay is not always the best, but not awful.

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    I applied through college or university. I interviewed at AICPA (New York, NY).


    The first interview was over the phone. It wasn't bad. I had two over the phone. Both went pretty well I was only surprised by a few questions. Very nice easy to talk to. Seems like it is a young crowd. Next interview will be in person.

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AICPA Awards & Accolades

  • Ovation Award for HR Excellence, Capital Associated Industries, 2014
  • Carolina Parent Family Friendly 50 Award, Carolina Parenting, 2013
  • Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, SHRM, Families and Work Institute, 2013
  • Adoption Friendly Workplace, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, 2013
  • The Principal 10 Best Companies for Employee Financial Security, The Principal Financial Group, 2013
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