Senior Tax Accountant Salary

For Senior Tax Accountants, yearly average wages total $67K annually. With some bonuses approaching $9K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $6K, overall incomes of Senior Tax Accountants spread between $54K and $87K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the particular firm, though geography and experience level have a (lesser) impact as well. Most Senior Tax Accountants like their work and job satisfaction is high. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Women make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Accountants (53 percent) survey respondents. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$53,681 - $83,121
(Median)
$54K
$67K
$83K
MEDIAN: $66,832
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$19.60 - $49.79
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$50
MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Salary
$53,681 - $83,121  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,589  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,976  
Commission
$983  
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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$54,014 - $87,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 2,040
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$19.60 - $49.79  
   
Overtime
$14.79 - $49.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,589  
   
Commission
$983  
Profit Sharing
$103.65 - $5,976  
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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$54,014 - $87,397  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 136
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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 who advance into the role of a Tax Director are fairly uncommon. Tax Directors on average earn $160K per year. Typical career progression for a Senior Tax Accountant involves becoming a Tax Manager or a Senior Tax Manager, roles that pay $23K more and $53K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


EY (Ernst & Young), Grant Thornton Llp, Deloitte Tax LLP, KPMG, LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Senior Tax Accountants. Employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $76K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $63K and higher ones not far away at only $92K. Soaring salaries can also be found at KPMG, LLP, Moss Adams LLP, and Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ), where earnings of $75K, $74K, or $72K are standard for Senior Tax Accountants.

Employees at BDO Seidman, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, and Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP can also expect below-average earnings of $62K, $67K, and $67K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Legal Research, Tax Consulting, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. 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 does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $67K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $70K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $73K in this role. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $76K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,963

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

New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Tax Accountants, 15 percent higher than the national average. Senior Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+10 percent), Houston (+9 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), and Boston (+7 percent). St. Louis is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 11 percent. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Dallas and Miami (4 percent lower).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Accounting
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Tax Compliance
up arrow 2%

Tax Consulting
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Legal Research
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Research Analysis
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Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Sales Tax Reports
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Microsoft Excel
0%

Financial Reporting
0%

Auditing
0%

National Average
$69,000

Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
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Financial Analysis
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 385 votes.

Gender

Female
53 %
Male
47 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 57%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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