Benchmarking Reports

Benchmarking Report

The IPA Annual Benchmarking Reports

The 2019 IPA Survey and Analysis of Firms is closed.

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The 2018 executive summaries are excerpted from the full benchmarking reports. You will be able to review the table of contents which highlights all the data covered in each report.

Access 2018 complimentary executive summaries below.

National Report Summary

Firm Administration Report Summary

Human Resources Report Summary

Information Technology Report Summary




Previous years’ summaries are highlighted below.

For more than 30 years, INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA) has been trusted to gather sensitive data through the annual survey of public accounting firms, one of the longest-running and most comprehensive benchmarking surveys and corresponding reports available to the profession.

IPA offers four specialized, in-depth reports for the profession. The flagship, National Benchmarking Report, the internal operational reports, consisting of the  Information Technology, Human Resources and Firm Administration provide a more in-depth analysis of the profession. Uncover trends, compensation data, benefits offered, key process and policies, along with the newest technology / software that firms are utilizing to take them into the future. The internal reports expand and dig deeper into the operations and best practices of accounting firms across the U.S.

The reports contain hundreds of data points, broken out by revenue bands, geographical regions and a full compilation of all participating firms. Firms can compare their firm data against hundreds of firms across the U.S. and Canada.

The Annual IPA Benchmarking Report Executive Summaries

National Benchmarking Report

2018  |  2017  |  2016  |  2015

Firm Administration

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Human Resources

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015

Information Technology

2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015