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Senior Tax Accountant Salary (United States)

For Senior Tax Accountants, yearly average wages total $64K annually. In the world of Senior Tax Accountants, overall income ranges from $51K near the bottom to $85K at the top; this can include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $5K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. Women Senior Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Tax Accountant Salary (?
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$50,681 - $81,059
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MEDIAN: $64,314
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Senior Tax Accountant Salary (?
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$18.28 - $46.11
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National Salary Data

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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$50,681 - $81,059  
   
Bonus
$0.50 - $7,906  
Profit Sharing
$565 - $5,154  
Commission
$204.26 - $4,894  
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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$51,096 - $85,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 2,143
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$18.28 - $46.11  
   
Overtime
$19.93 - $45.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.50 - $7,906  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$565 - $5,154  
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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$51,096 - $85,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 155
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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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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Tax Accountants move into roles as Tax Directors, where pay is an average $157K per year. Senior Tax Accountants typically move into roles as Tax Managers or Tax Compliance Managers, and those positions pay $24K more and $18K more, respectively.

Senior Tax Accountant Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant

Many Senior Tax Accountants can be found at EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte Tax LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Grant Thornton Llp, and KPMG, LLP, firms that are at the top of the field. Although salaries only range from $63K to just $92K, PricewaterhouseCoopers still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $75K. Other big spenders include Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ), Deloitte Tax LLP, and Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, top-paying firms where Senior Tax Accountants see paychecks nearing $71K, $70K, or $68K.
While select BDO Seidman, LLP employees may bring in up to $88K, a median salary of only $62K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Mcgladrey, KPMG, LLP, and Grant Thornton Llp also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $64K, $66K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant

Senior Tax Accountants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Financial Reporting, Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounting. 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.
Senior Tax Accountants with more experience do not necessarily bring home bigger paychecks. In fact, experience in this field tends to impact compensation minimally. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $64K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $68K on average — a distinctly larger sum. For Senior Tax Accountants, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $72K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $74K.

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For Senior Tax Accountants, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+15 percent), Los Angeles (+12 percent), Seattle (+11 percent), and Boston (+10 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 8 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas and Minneapolis (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

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$66,000

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
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Research Analysis
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Tax Preparation
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Sales Tax Reports
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Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
54%
female alumni
 
Male
46%
male alumni

Years of Experience

1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 66%
vision benefits Vision: 52% employee benefits None: 13%