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Payne Nickles and Company

When you picture your career in accounting, do you know what type of firm you’d like to work for? At Payne Nickles & Company, we put our people first. We provide them with a work environment that allows them to balance their professional and personal lives.

Our team members have the chance to dive deep into a variety of industries and develop specialized expertise in tax or audit. We are proud to provide a supportive environment that encourages community involvement. If you share our passion for giving back, there is ample opportunity to make meaningful contributions to the community; more than 75 percent of our firm is actively involved with a community organization.

The people make the firm, and ours are simply the best. The fact that we’re in one of
the best coastal towns in America is just a bonus. What are you waiting for?

View our open positions!

Reach for your goals in a family-centric community with a
supportive work team alongside you.

Trust is the foundation

of our culture

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We believe a great office environment starts with trust in our employees and giving them the flexibility to manage their day as they see fit. Employees thrive in our open-door culture, where they can utilize unlimited growth and learning opportunities instead of being confined to a conventional mentorship program. You’ll find various personalities and interests among our group to liven things up, but everyone loves numbers, solutions, and living near Lake Erie!

Our team is empowered to chart their career trajectory. Trailblazers of your path, there is no one size fits all plan.

Whether you want to specialize in tax or audit or have your eyes set on making a Partner, we can help you reach whatever goals inspire you.


Our employees can access a competitive benefits package designed to fit their lifestyles. Here is a sample of what that package looks like:

  • Flexibility
  • PTO
  • Health Insurance + Stipend
  • 401(k) Retirement Contribution Match + Profit sharing plan
  • 8+ Paid Holidays each year
  • 3-Day Weekends in summer months
  • Community Involvement as work hours
  • Continuing Education
  • Paid CPE
  • Team Events and Parties
  • Career Path Plan to fit your lifestyle and goals

Forge Ahead.

What’s your career path?

Entry Level & Experienced
More than a job
feels like family!

“I never expected to have such a deep love for Payne Nickles when I first started. It’s more than just a job – it feels like family. Payne Nickles truly values their employees as family, and it showed when I was pregnant and struggling with sickness. They offered me the flexibility to balance family life and work, truly prioritizing the well-being of their employees. The people at Payne Nickles truly make it the best place to be.”

Tara Stieber
Staff Accountant
Flexibility is very important to me
there is no clock to punch

My experience at Payne Nickles has allowed me to grow personally and professionally. Flexibility is very important to me and it is great to know as long as I get my commitments done, there is no clock to punch. The relationships I have been able to build with my clients and co-workers are the reason I enjoy coming to work every day.

Brennan Otto
Payne, Nickles and Company
sets employees up for success

Payne, Nickles and Company sets employees up for success by providing the necessary tools, resources, and leadership to thrive. As a business major, I did not have the traditional accounting background as my peers. But that didn’t matter. The leadership team went above and beyond to leverage my non-traditional background and skillset and quickly brought me up to speed.

Derrick Blanton
Staff Accountant

Ready to apply?

The interview process is simple.

We know the path to a career in any industry or profession is tough right now, and we’re here to say we don’t believe it takes seven interviews, several months, and personality tests to know if someone is the right fit. We keep things simple and move quickly through the hiring process. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Application Submitted
  2. Set Up Interview
  3. First (and likely only) Interview
  4. Formal Offer Letter
  5. Accept the Position
  6. Roll up your sleeves for our onboarding experience!

Reasons to live in

Sandusky or Norwalk

Voted America’s Best Coastal Small Town by USA Today

  • Local charm and atmosphere
  • Family-friendly community
  • Surround yourself with nature
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Small town appeal with big city fun

  • Seasonal festivals and events
  • Easy access to Cleveland & Toledo
  • A great place to raise a family
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