Senior Tax Accountant Salary

Median pay for Senior Tax Accountants in the United States lies in the neighborhood of $70K per year. Total incomes of Senior Tax Accountants incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $57K and $91K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but the company and experience level are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Tax Accountants. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 53 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$56,372 - $86,217
$56K
$70K
$86K
MEDIAN: $69,847
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$23.68 - $45.38
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MEDIAN: $31.15
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$31K$62K$93K
Salary
$56,372 - $86,217  
   
Bonus
$1,004 - $9,838  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $5,336  
Commission
$900  
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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$57,062 - $90,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,104
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$18$36$54
Hourly Rate
$23.68 - $45.38  
   
Overtime
$25.32 - $52.04  
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
$1,004 - $9,838  
   
Commission
$900  
Profit Sharing
$486.45 - $5,336  
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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$57,062 - $90,558  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 59
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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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Though some Senior Tax Accountants move into positions like Tax Director (where the average salary is $160K), this progression is not the norm. A common career progression for a Senior Tax Accountant is to become a Tax Manager or a Senior Tax Manager. Compared to Senior Tax Accountants, the first group earns $21K more on average, and the second group earns $51K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants flock to EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although salaries only range from $66K to just $91K, PricewaterhouseCoopers still offers the highest pay with a median paycheck of $80K. Also paying near the top of the field are KPMG, LLP at $79K, RSM McGladrey Incorporated at $76K, and Grant Thornton Llp, where Senior Tax Accountants annually earn $75K.

Also approaching the lower end are BDO Seidman, LLP at $63K, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP at $67K, and EY (Ernst & Young) at $70K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants seem to exploit 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. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Quickbooks. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to 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 a lot of experience do not necessarily enjoy more money. Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $69K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $74K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $78K in this role. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $79K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $72,056

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 (+7 percent), and Philadelphia (+6 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Buffalo Senior Tax Accountants earning much less — 26 percent less — than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 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 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%

▲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%

▼8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 149 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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