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Senior Tax Accountant Salary

Pay for Senior Tax Accountants in the United States sits in the ballpark of $65K annually. Cash earnings for Senior Tax Accountants — which occasionally include more than $8K from bonuses and more than $6K from profit sharing — stretch from around $52K to approximately $86K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and more than half earn dental coverage. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,346 - $81,677
(Median)
$51K
$65K
$82K
MEDIAN: $65,059
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$19.13 - $49.60
(Median)
$19
$29
$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$29K$58K$87K
Salary
$51,346 - $81,677  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,898  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $5,537  
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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$51,740 - $85,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,039
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.13 - $49.60  
   
Overtime
$17.11 - $47.16  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,898  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$397.32 - $5,537  
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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$51,740 - $85,997  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 151

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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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Senior Tax Accountants do not often transition into Tax Director roles. The role averages $158K per year. Senior Tax Accountants typically move into roles as Tax Managers or Tax Compliance Managers, and those positions pay $23K more and $17K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte Tax LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, LLP are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Senior Tax Accountants. Although the highest salaries can be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers where median pay is $75K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $62K and $92K. Soaring salaries can also be found at Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ), Deloitte Tax LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young), where earnings of $72K, $70K, or $70K are standard for Senior Tax Accountants.

Although BDO Seidman, LLP hands out the lowest average salary in town at $63K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $44K or as much as $88K. Grant Thornton Llp, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP are a few other employers known for handing out relatively lightweight salaries ($65K, $65K, and $66K respectively).

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Survey takers working as Senior Tax Accountants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Auditing, Accounting, and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know 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.


For Senior Tax Accountants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. 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 $69K 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. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


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 (+13 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). St. Louis ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 10 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and Minneapolis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 3%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Sales Tax Reports
0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 504 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
41%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 53% employee benefits None: 14%
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