Enrolled Agent Salary (United States)

The median pay for Enrolled Agents comes out to approximately $44,016 per year in the United States, but employers in Houston offer the most; the average salary in that city is around $81K. Enrolled Agents will also find cushy salaries in New York (+33 percent) and Los Angeles (+30 percent). The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Enrolled Agent Salary (?
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$26,303 - $70,275
(Median)
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58K
70K
MEDIAN: $44,868
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Enrolled Agent Salary (?
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$12.75 - $31.19
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MEDIAN: $19.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$26,303 - $70,275  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,959  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $9,689  
Commission
$3,950 - $12,500  
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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$28,610 - $74,847  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 308
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$12.75 - $31.19  
   
Overtime
$17.38 - $40.76  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,959  
   
Commission
$3,950 - $12,500  
Profit Sharing
$970 - $9,689  
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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$28,610 - $74,847  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 240
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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

The biggest paychecks can be found at Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc—the median salary there is $41,000. Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $61,290, H&R Block still falls short in the compensation department—the median pay is only $31,198, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Enrolled Agent

Enrolled Agents report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Bookkeeping, Tax Compliance, and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 50 percent, 7 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to know Tax Consulting and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Enrolled Agent

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Enrolled Agents, experience and pay seem to be weakly connected; experience does not necessarily lead to more money. Standard salaries begin at $39,800 and can reach $46K after five to 10 years. Those who spend a decent amount of time in this profession—one to two decades—usually make about $49,535. After spending 20 years in the field, salary continues to increase (though at a slower pace) for Enrolled Agents and pay is expected at $58K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 22 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise less than five, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 15 percent. Between one and nine years is the typical spectrum of experience for those in this line of work—of those who took the survey, more than half land within this radius.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Diego
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Dallas
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National Average
$44,000
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Experience Affects Enrolled Agent Salaries

National Average
$44,000

Skills That Affect Enrolled Agent Salaries

Bookkeeping
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Tax Consulting
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Tax Preparation
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Payroll Tax Compliance
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National Average
$44,000
Accounting
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Payroll Administration
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Gender

Female
67%
female alumni
 
Male
33%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 49% dental benefits Dental: 20%
vision benefits Vision: 13% employee benefits None: 49%
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