Senior Tax Accountant Salary

The average Senior Tax Accountant in the United States earns approximately $65K annually. Total cash compensation to Senior Tax Accountants approaches anywhere from $52K on the lower end to $86K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $8K from bonuses and upwards of $6K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by location, followed by the specific employer and tenure. The majority of Senior Tax Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a majority earn dental coverage. Women Senior Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,742 - $81,797
(Median)
$52K
$65K
$82K
MEDIAN: $65,465
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$18.49 - $48.37
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$18
$29
$48
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
$51,742 - $81,797  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,850  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,830  
Commission
$550 - $1,850  
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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$52,104 - $85,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,018
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$18.49 - $48.37  
   
Overtime
$17.40 - $48.73  
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 - $7,850  
   
Commission
$550 - $1,850  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $5,830  
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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$52,104 - $85,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 150
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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 $157K per year. Senior Tax Accountants most often move into positions as Tax Managers or Tax Compliance Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $23K higher and $17K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Dominating the field, EY (Ernst & Young), Deloitte Tax LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, LLP are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Tax Accountants. Although PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the highest salaries (median pay is $74K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $62K to $92K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Century Business Services, Inc. (CBIZ) at $72K, Deloitte Tax LLP at $71K, and EY (Ernst & Young), where Senior Tax Accountants annually earn $70K.

Employees at BDO Seidman, LLP take home the smallest paychecks, and $62K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $49K and quickly nearing the top at only $85K. Grant Thornton Llp, Mcgladrey, and KPMG, LLP also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $66K, $66K, and $67K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Senior Tax Accountants seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Tax Compliance, Research Analysis, and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Auditing 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.


More years of relevant experience do not necessarily translate to higher paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $65K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $69K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $72K. 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 $75K.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 15 percent, Senior Tax Accountants in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. Senior Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Jose (+13 percent), Seattle (+10 percent), Houston (+9 percent), and Boston (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 10 percent south of the national average, can be found in St. Louis. Dallas and Minneapolis are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$67,000


Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 4%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Tax Consulting
up arrow 3%

Research Analysis
up arrow 3%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
0%

Sales Tax Reports
0%

National Average
$67,000

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 3%

Auditing
up arrow 6%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 459 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
40%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 67%
vision benefits Vision: 54% employee benefits None: 13%
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