Enrolled Agent Salary

The average Enrolled Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Enrolled Agents — as high as $8K, $5K and $47K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $30K to $74K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — career length and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Enrolled Agents. Women account for the majority of Enrolled Agents who responded to the questionnaire — 63 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to about two-fifths, and approximately one in five earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$29,778 - $73,925
$30K
$49K
$74K
MEDIAN: $49,048
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$12.93 - $30.39
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$29,778 - $73,925  
   
Bonus
$98.99 - $7,963  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,034  
Commission
$-0.50 - $46,540  
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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$29,913 - $74,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 394
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$12.93 - $30.39  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$20.40 - $47.42  
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
$98.99 - $7,963  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $46,540  
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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$29,913 - $74,125  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 322

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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


Enrolled Agents report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Payroll Tax Compliance, Tax Compliance, Tax Consulting, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 7 percent, 6 percent, 5 percent, and 5 percent, respectively. Enrolled agent and Payroll Administration, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Most people who know Tax Consulting also know Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Enrolled Agent

Pay by Experience for an Enrolled Agent has a positive trend. An entry-level Enrolled Agent with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 362 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Enrolled Agent with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $50,000 based on 216 salaries. An experienced Enrolled Agent which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $55,000 based on 182 salaries. An Enrolled Agent with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 103 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,438

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

San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Enrolled Agents, 28 percent higher than the national average. Enrolled Agents will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+25 percent), Denver (+24 percent), Phoenix (+22 percent), and Richmond (+20 percent). Enrolled Agents in San Antonio earn salaries far below the national average by 25 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Chicago and Portland (8 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively).

Enrolled Agent Reviews

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

Enrolled Agent in Hood River:
"Relaxed Atmosphere, Stressful Job."
Pros: I like that I am able to set the level of professional attire, cultivate an atmosphere of acceptance and accessibility.
Cons: This is most certainly the most stressful job I have ever had. I find that because of Instant Tax Prep companies, clients often have the same expectations of me. I value quality over quickness, though, so this is often an issue.

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
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.
Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%
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Experience Affects Enrolled Agent Salaries

▲26%

▲15%

▲5%

National Average
$47,000

▼11%

Skills That Affect Enrolled Agent Salaries




▲4%


National Average
$47,000

▼2%

Payroll Administration
▼9%

enrolled agent
▼47%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 39%
dental benefits
Dental: 20%
vision benefits
Vision: 17%
no benefits
None: 59%
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