Senior Tax Accountant Salary

Senior Tax Accountants in the United States take home approximately $67K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Senior Tax Accountants bottoms out near $54K and approaches $87K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $9K from bonuses and almost $6K from profit sharing. While geography and tenure impact pay for this group, the company is the most influential factor. Work is enjoyable for Senior Tax Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Accountants (53 percent) survey respondents. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$53,681 - $83,121
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$54K
$67K
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MEDIAN: $66,832
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$19.60 - $49.79
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$53,681 - $83,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,589  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,976  
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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$54,014 - $87,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,040
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.60 - $49.79  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $49.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,589  
   
Commission
$983  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,976  
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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$54,014 - $87,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Accountant


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While Senior Tax Accountants do not often become Tax Directors, the job pays $160K per year on average. Tax Managers or Senior Tax Managers are common next-step roles for Senior Tax Accountants moving up in their careers; annual pay for Tax Managers is $23K higher on average, and it's $53K higher for Senior Tax Managers.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


EY (Ernst & Young), Grant Thornton Llp, Deloitte Tax LLP, KPMG, LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Tax Accountants. Employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $76K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $63K and higher ones not far away at only $92K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include KPMG, LLP, Moss Adams LLP, and Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ), where Senior Tax Accountants typically earn around $75K, $74K, or $72K, respectively.

Workers also receive paychecks lighter than average at BDO Seidman, LLP ($62K), Grant Thornton Llp ($67K), and Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP ($67K).

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Legal Research, Tax Consulting, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Those proficient in Tax Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Tax Consulting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Accountant

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


Experience and pay tend to be weakly linked for Senior Tax Accountants — those with more experience do not necessarily bring in higher earnings. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $67K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $70K. Senior Tax Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $73K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $76K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,963

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

Home to some of the best pay for Senior Tax Accountants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in St. Louis, 11 percent below the national average. Workers in Dallas and Miami earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 4 percent.

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Accounting
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Tax Compliance
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Tax Consulting
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Legal Research
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Research Analysis
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Software Knowledge
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Sales Tax Reports
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Microsoft Excel
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Financial Reporting
0%

Auditing
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National Average
$69,000

Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Office
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Quickbooks
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Financial Analysis
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 385 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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