Enrolled Agent Salary

Average Enrolled Agents in the United States make around $49K annually. Total cash compensation for Enrolled Agents runs from $30K to $75K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $7K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geography, but career duration and the specific company are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly two in five, and slightly less than a fifth earn dental coverage. Female Enrolled Agents survey participants are more prevalent than men — 62 percent of professionals. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,621 - $74,786
$30K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,989
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90%

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$13.57 - $30.26
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MEDIAN: $20.34
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,621 - $74,786  
   
Bonus
$3.14 - $7,071  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,034  
Commission
$1,927 - $46,978  
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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$29,809 - $74,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 397
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.57 - $30.26  
   
Overtime
$21.00 - $46.71  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$3.14 - $7,071  
   
Commission
$1,927 - $46,978  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,034  
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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$29,809 - $74,636  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 326

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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

  • 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.
  • Prepare federal, state, and local tax returns by collecting, analyzing, and formatting financial information.
  • 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.

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Popular Skills for Enrolled Agent


Survey results suggest that Enrolled Agents put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, Tax Compliance, Tax Consulting, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Enrolled agent and Payroll Administration, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Tax Consulting also tend to know Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Enrolled Agent

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


For Enrolled Agents, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $42K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $50K. Enrolled Agents with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $54K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; an Enrolled Agent with more than 20 years of experience can earn $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,503

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Enrolled Agents, busy San Francisco offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 27 percent above the national average. Enrolled Agents can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+25 percent), Denver (+24 percent), Richmond (+20 percent), and Dallas (+18 percent). Compared to the national average, San Antonio Enrolled Agents have considerably lower salaries, 25 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Below-median salaries also turn up in Chicago and Portland (18 percent lower and 8 percent lower, respectively).

Enrolled Agent Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Enrolled Agent?

Enrolled Agent in Los Angeles:
"Represent taxpayers IRS and government bodies."
Pros: Help taxpayers navigate the tax system, very rewarding, learn new laws, never get bored, decent wage.
Cons: Unrealistic client expectations, shady sales staff, no downtime.

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Key Stats for Enrolled Agent

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.
Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Enrolled Agent Salaries

▲26%

▲14%

▲5%

National Average
$48,000

▼12%

Skills That Affect Enrolled Agent Salaries




▲4%


National Average
$48,000

▼3%

Payroll Administration
▼9%

enrolled agent
▼47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
62 %
Male
38 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
vision benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 59%
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