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June 26, 2012

FEI survey: US audit fees on the rise

US companies have experienced a small increase in audit fees in the past year, according to research foundation Financial Executives International’s (FEI) annual audit fee survey.

The survey of 270 executives found the average external audit fee for a publicly-held company had risen by 5% to $3.9m for fiscal year 2010/2011.

The FEI survey found 82% of public companies use one of the Big Four accounting firms as their primary auditor, with Deloitte the most popular. Private company respondents said an average annual audit fees were $231,200 in 2011, a 7% increase from the year prior.  

For companies with annual sales ranging $1bn to $4.9bn, the average audit fees paid were $779,500, an increase of 3 percent.

Meanwhile, 95% of all respondents were against the mandatory audit firm rotation as proposed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

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