Senior Tax Accountant Salary

For Senior Tax Accountants, annual average wages total $70K per year. In the world of Senior Tax Accountants, total cash compensation can vary between $57K and $91K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $5K, respectively. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geography, followed by the company and experience level. Women Senior Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a majority earn dental coverage. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$56,397 - $86,227
$56K
$70K
$86K
MEDIAN: $70,059
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$23.30 - $45.15
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$45
MEDIAN: $31.25
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$56,397 - $86,227  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $9,828  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,264  
Commission
$900  
Total Pay (?
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$57,268 - $90,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,118
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$23.30 - $45.15  
   
Overtime
$25.20 - $51.33  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,004 - $9,828  
   
Commission
$900  
Profit Sharing
$489.36 - $5,264  
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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$57,268 - $90,725  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 62

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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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While Senior Tax Accountants do not often become Tax Directors, the job pays $160K per year on average. The most common next step for a Senior Tax Accountant is to become a Tax Manager or a Senior Tax Manager. The former position pays an additional $20K per year on average, and the latter position pays $51K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Tax Accountants. Although salaries only range from $66K to just $91K, PricewaterhouseCoopers still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $80K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include KPMG, LLP, RSM McGladrey Incorporated, and Grant Thornton Llp, where Senior Tax Accountants typically earn around $79K, $76K, or $75K, respectively.

A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include BDO Seidman, LLP ($63K), Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP ($67K), and EY (Ernst & Young) ($70K).

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Research Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Sales Tax Reports are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Quickbooks. It is often found that people who know Tax Compliance are also skilled in Tax Consulting and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Senior Tax Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Tax Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 667 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Tax Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 469 salaries. An experienced Senior Tax Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 209 salaries. A Senior Tax Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 68 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,410

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

With a pay rate for Senior Tax Accountants that is 14 percent greater than the national average, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Denver (+6 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Senior Tax Accountants is geography, with workers in Buffalo earning a whopping 27 percent below the national average. Workers in Minneapolis and Atlanta earn salaries that trail the national average for those in this profession (8 percent less and 4 percent less, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Tax Accountant

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 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%

▲7%

▲3%

National Average
$72,000

▼4%

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries







Tax Compliance
▼0%

National Average
$72,000


Tax Consulting
▼1%

Microsoft Office
▼1%


Auditing
▼5%

▼6%

Financial Analysis
▼6%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 149 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

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: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 11%
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