Enrolled Agent Salary

Median pay for Enrolled Agents in the United States is around $46K annually, but employers in Houston offer the biggest paychecks; average compensation in that city is approximately $77K. Enrolled Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+30 percent), New York (+29 percent), San Jose (+24 percent), and San Diego (+20 percent). Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,312 - $73,163
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$29K
$46K
$73K
MEDIAN: $46,153
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$13.51 - $31.29
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,312 - $73,163  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,137  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,728  
Commission
$0.00 - $24,730  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,684 - $75,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 558
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.51 - $31.29  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$18.12 - $42.28  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,137  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $24,730  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,728  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$29,684 - $75,274  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 405
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Job Description for Enrolled Agent

To facilitate communication and satisfy legal requirements (in the U.S.), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) confers the status of enrolled agent to individuals able to meet the education and testing requirements. People certified as an enrolled agent may then act as an intermediary for citizens and private businesses when interacting with the IRS on tax matters, questions, and disputes. Businesses that specialize in preparing tax returns or handling income tax resolution are the typical employers of enrolled agents.

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Enrolled Agent Tasks

  • Recommend strategies to minimize tax liability by studying tax regulations, searching out and evaluating tax options.
  • Determine impact of management's tax decisions by computing taxes.
  • Prepare federal, state, and local tax returns by collecting, analyzing, and formatting financial information.
  • Guide management's tax decisions by examining and discussing tax consequences of various financial options, recommending optimal course of action.
  • Remit tax payments by requesting disbursements.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Enrolled Agent


While select Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc employees may bring in up to $74K, a median salary of only $32K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Enrolled Agent


Survey results suggest that Enrolled Agents put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, Tax Consulting, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Payroll Administration and Bookkeeping. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in Tax Consulting and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Enrolled Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Enrolled Agents — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $41K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. On average, Enrolled Agents make $53K following one to two decades on the job. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $58K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $46,339

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Experience Affects Enrolled Agent Salaries




National Average
$46,000


Skills That Affect Enrolled Agent Salaries


Tax Consulting
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Tax Preparation
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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National Average
$46,000

Accounting
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Bookkeeping
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Payroll Administration
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
65 %
Male
35 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 43%
dental benefits
Dental: 18%
medical benefits
Vision: 12%
dental benefits
None: 55%
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