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Senior Tax Accountant Salary

Senior Tax Accountants in the United States pull down an average of $65K per year. Overall incomes of Senior Tax Accountants — including $8K bonuses, $6K profit sharing proceeds, and $5K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $52K and $86K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though the company and years of experience have a (lesser) impact as well. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. Most Senior Tax Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 54 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,169 - $81,502
(Median)
$51K
$65K
$82K
MEDIAN: $64,954
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$19.01 - $49.32
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$19
$29
$49
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
$51,169 - $81,502  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,895  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,575  
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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$51,575 - $85,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,053
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.01 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $46.66  
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 - $7,895  
   
Commission
$204.26 - $4,894  
Profit Sharing
$493.16 - $5,575  
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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$51,575 - $85,851  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 149

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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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It's not very common for Senior Tax Accountants to move on to become Tax Directors. Average pay for a Tax Director is $159K annually. Senior Tax Accountants moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Tax Managers or Tax Compliance Managers. The median paychecks in those roles are $24K higher and $18K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Tax Accountants, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte Tax LLP, KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, and PricewaterhouseCoopers are leading firms in the industry. PricewaterhouseCoopers pays the most with a median salary of $76K, though there is little variation overall ($62K to $92K). Senior Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries at Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ) (+$71K), Deloitte Tax LLP (+$70K), and EY (Ernst & Young) (+$69K).

While select BDO Seidman, LLP employees may bring in up to $88K, a median salary of only $63K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department. Mcgladrey, Grant Thornton Llp and KPMG, LLP are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $64K, $65K, and $66K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Legal Research, Tax Compliance, and Financial Reporting 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. It is often found that people who know Tax Compliance are 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $64K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $69K. Senior Tax Accountants with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $72K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $75K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Senior Tax Accountants, New York offers exceptional salaries, 17 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+14 percent), Seattle (+12 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Dallas and Atlanta are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 3 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%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 4%

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
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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 3%

Auditing
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 523 votes.

Gender

Female
54 %
Male
46 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
38%
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%