The average Senior Tax Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $70K per year. Total cash earnings of Senior Tax Accountants range from $57K on the low end to $89K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $10K and $5K, respectively. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the company and years of experience. For the most part, Senior Tax Accountants enjoy their work and 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 52 percent. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

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MEDIAN: $69,514
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$56,420 - $85,615  
   
Bonus
$1,005 - $9,740  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,133  
Commission
$983  
Total Pay (?
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$56,956 - $89,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,177
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$21.03 - $48.34  
   
Overtime
$25.11 - $49.01  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$1,005 - $9,740  
   
Commission
$983  
Profit Sharing
$304.10 - $5,133  
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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$56,956 - $89,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 71

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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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It's not very common for Senior Tax Accountants to move on to become Tax Directors. Average pay for a Tax Director is $160K annually. Senior Tax Accountants most often move into positions as Tax Managers or Senior Tax Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $21K higher and $51K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Many Senior Tax Accountants can be found at EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, BDO Seidman, LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, firms that are at the top of the field. With a median salary of $79K, PricewaterhouseCoopers offers Senior Tax Accountants the highest pay. However, earnings don't seem to live on a large spectrum; they generally peter out at $67K and are capped at $90K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider KPMG, LLP, Mcgladrey, and Moss Adams LLP, top-paying firms where Senior Tax Accountants rake in a comfortable $78K, $74K, or $73K, respectively.

Workers at Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, BDO Seidman, LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $67K, $67K, and $71K respectively.

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, Microsoft Word, Software Knowledge, and Research Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Auditing. The majority of those who know Tax Compliance also 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. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $69K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $74K. Senior Tax Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $77K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $78K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,841

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Senior Tax Accountants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Senior Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries in New York (+14 percent), Denver (+8 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Boston (+5 percent). Senior Tax Accountants in Buffalo take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 26 percent less than the national average. Employers in Minneapolis and Memphis also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Tax Accountant

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%
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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$72,000


Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries


Software Knowledge
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Microsoft Word
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Research Analysis
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Sales Tax Reports
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Tax Compliance
0%

Tax Consulting
0%

National Average
$72,000

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
up arrow 4%

Auditing
up arrow 4%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 5%

Accounting
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 172 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
33%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 70%
vision benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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