Big 4 Accounting Firms Ranking

Ranking the big 4 accounting firms is hard because they are all different. You also have to determine what metric to measure them by.


 


Big Four Accounting Firms Ranking by Revenue

If you want to rank them by revenue, Deloitte is the largest accounting firm in the world. They made $36.9 billion in 2016.

The second largest accounting firm in the world is PwC. PwC made $35.4 billion in 2016.

EY came in 3rd this year with $29.6 billion

KPMG is the last big 4 accounting firm with $25.4 billion in revenues.

  1. Deloitte – $36.9 billion
  2. PwC – $35.4 billion
  3. EY – $29.6 billion
  4. KPMG – $25.42 billion

Rankings by number of employees

The ranking of the big four accounting firms changes when you look at the number of people that each firm employs.

  1. Deloitte number of employees – 244,400 employees
  2. Ernst and Young number of employees – 231,000 employees
  3. PwC number of employees – 223,000 employees
  4. KPMG number of employees – 188,982 employees

Diversity rankings

For many people, a diverse company is very important. They like working in an environment where a diverse viewpoint is encouraged.

Ernst and Young comes in at the top of this category. They are ranked number 3 in diversity inc’s top 50 companies to work for listing.

Pricewaterhousecoopers comes in at 5th in the rankings making them the second best big four accounting firm as far as diversity goes.

Deloitte comes in a little lower at number 11 on DiversityInc’s top 50.

KPMG brings up the rear in this category. They are listed at number 16 in the diveristyinc listing.

Vault rankings

Vault has several rankings for accounting firms.They have their overall ranking for accounting firms that considers many factors in ranking firms such as worklife balance and compensation.

The vault’s overall ranking ranks the big 4 as follows:

  1. PwC
  2. Deloitte
  3. Ernst and Young
  4. KPMG

Another ranking that Vault utilizes is their ranking of prestige. They rank all the accounting firms based on which one is viewed as the most prestigious in the marketplace. The ranking is based on accounting professionals’ rankings.

The best firms according to Vault’s prestige ranking are:

  1. PwC
  2. Deloitte
  3. Ernst & Young
  4. KPMG

Another important ranking metric is compensation. People want to know which big 4 accounting firm pays the best salary. Amazingly the big 4 are not in the top 3 spots for compensation. The first big 4 accounting firm on the Vault compensation list is E&Y. The rankings of the big 4 by compensation according to Vault are as follows:

  1. Ernst & Young
  2. PwC
  3. Deloitte
  4. KPMG

Paid leave

Another thing to consider nowadays is paid family leave. This might be important to you if your thinking about having children or you are taking care of a sick family member.

 The rankings are somewhat subjective but currently Deloitte is offering the most time off with 16 weeks of paid leave. EY and KPMG have similar programs, but they have less secondary benefits.

PwC comes in last in the paid leave category with only 6 weeks.

Ey offers the most money for adoption reimbursement with $25,000.

Largest accounting firms in the United States

The big 4 accounting firms rankings are similar when you look solely at US results.

  1. Deloitte comes in first with $17.6 billion.
  2. PwC comes in second with 12.2 billion
  3. EY comes in 3rd with 11.2 billion
  4. KPMG comes in 4th with $7.9 billion.

Big 4 Accounting Firms Ranking 2015

PwC came in number one in 2015 with revenues of $35.4 billion. This made them the largest accounting firm in the world in 2015.

Deloitte came in second place with revenues of $35.2 billion.

EY came in third with $28.7 billion.

KPMG came in last place with $24.4 billion.

Legal troubles

Another thing that you need to watch out for in the big 4 is headline risk. You want to make sure that you aren’t going to head to a big 4 firm that is catching a bunch of heat. One way you can keep an eye on that is staying tuned to our blog.