Senior Tax Accountant Salary

Senior Tax Accountants in the United States take home an average $70K per year. With some bonuses approaching $10K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Senior Tax Accountants spread between $57K and $90K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$56,162 - $86,138
$56K
$70K
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MEDIAN: $69,918
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$23.10 - $46.05
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MEDIAN: $31.14
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$56,162 - $86,138  
   
Bonus
$1,003 - $9,806  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,159  
Commission
$983  
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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$56,683 - $90,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,141
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$23.10 - $46.05  
   
Overtime
$24.99 - $52.11  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,003 - $9,806  
   
Commission
$983  
Profit Sharing
$295.90 - $5,159  
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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$56,683 - $90,384  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Senior Tax Accountant

Senior tax accountants provide an important managerial role in producing tax returns for individual clients as well as businesses. They preside over a team of tax accountant specialists to make sure that the proper amount is being paid by clients to the IRS, state, and local governments. Senior tax accountants must work to ensure that a client pays what is due without overpaying or underpaying. They must have a keen understanding of all tax laws, which change from year to year.

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Senior Tax Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare tax returns and reports, maintain records, analyze and research complex tax issues.
  • Provides support during audits.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Analyze tax regulations and recommend policies that minimize tax burden.

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Accountant


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Senior Tax Accountants do not often transition into Tax Director roles. The role averages $161K per year. Senior Tax Accountants most often move into positions as Tax Managers or Senior Tax Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $21K higher and $51K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants fill the offices of leading firms EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP. Pay for Senior Tax Accountants is best at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which offers a median salary of $80K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $66K to $91K. Soaring salaries can also be found at KPMG, LLP, RSM McGladrey Incorporated, and Grant Thornton Llp, where earnings of $79K, $76K, or $75K are standard for Senior Tax Accountants.

BDO Seidman, LLP, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young) also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $63K, $67K, and $70K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Survey results imply that Senior Tax Accountants deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Research Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Software Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Quickbooks. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Tax Consulting and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Accountant

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


Senior Tax Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $70K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $74K. Senior Tax Accountants bring in $78K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't higher than less experienced individuals' earnings.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,104

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

San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Senior Tax Accountants, 16 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Senior Tax Accountants' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Senior Tax Accountants in Buffalo bring in salaries that are 26 percent lower than the national average. Minneapolis and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Senior Tax Accountant

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲3%

National Average
$72,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries







Tax Compliance
▼0%

Tax Consulting
▼0%

Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$72,000



▼5%

Auditing
▼5%

Financial Analysis
▼6%

Accounting
▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 155 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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