The average Enrolled Agent in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $49K per year. In the world of Enrolled Agents, total cash compensation ranges from $30K on the lower end to $75K on the higher end; this includes bonuses that reach $7K and profit sharing that approaches $5K in rare cases, with some high rollers snagging commissions as high as $48K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is residence, followed by years of experience and the individual firm. Medical benefits are awarded to roughly two in five, and a little less than one-fifth earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The majority of Enrolled Agents (61 percent) who took the survey are women. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$29,765 - $75,403
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$30K
$49K
$75K
MEDIAN: $48,850
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$13.62 - $30.63
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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$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$29,765 - $75,403  
   
Bonus
$1.50 - $7,000  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,034  
Commission
$1,911 - $47,678  
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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$29,881 - $75,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 418
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.62 - $30.63  
   
Overtime
$20.57 - $46.88  
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
$1.50 - $7,000  
   
Commission
$1,911 - $47,678  
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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$29,881 - $75,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 321
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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


Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $52K, H&R Block still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $32K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Enrolled Agent


Survey results suggest that Enrolled Agents use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, Tax Consulting, Payroll Tax Compliance, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 3 percent and 8 percent. Those listing enrolled agent as a skill should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Payroll Administration and Bookkeeping also typically command lower compensation. Most people who know Tax Consulting also know Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Enrolled Agent

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


For many Enrolled Agents, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $42K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $51K. Enrolled Agents who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $54K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $61K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $47,717

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With a pay rate for Enrolled Agents that is 52 percent greater than the national average, San Francisco offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Enrolled Agents will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+24 percent), Dallas (+22 percent), Phoenix (+21 percent), and Richmond (+19 percent). Enrolled Agents' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Enrolled Agents in San Antonio bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Sacramento and Chicago (12 percent lower and 9 percent lower, respectively).

Enrolled Agent Reviews

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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Experience Affects Enrolled Agent Salaries




National Average
$48,000


Skills That Affect Enrolled Agent Salaries



Tax Preparation
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
61 %
Male
39 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 40%
dental benefits
Dental: 19%
medical benefits
Vision: 16%
dental benefits
None: 58%
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