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Senior Tax Manager Salary

Salaries for Senior Tax Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($124K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Tax Managers stretch from $88K on the lower end to $183K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is location, followed by years of experience and the particular employer. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Most Senior Tax Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Men working as Senior Tax Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 54 percent. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$85,314 - $168,648
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$85K
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$170K
MEDIAN: $123,522
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$17.02 - $60.50
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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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$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$85,314 - $168,648  
   
Bonus
$2,579 - $24,604  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $10,042  
Commission
$2,035 - $6,878  
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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$88,329 - $182,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 847
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$17.02 - $60.50  
   
Overtime
$24.00 - $55.13  
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$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,579 - $24,604  
   
Commission
$2,035 - $6,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,221 - $10,042  
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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$88,329 - $182,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 24

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Job Description for Senior Tax Manager

The primary role that senior tax managers fill is ensuring corporate compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal tax obligations. In addition, senior tax managers develop internal policies relating to taxation and implement these policies into existing accounting practices. Oversight of internal audits is another important aspect of senior tax managers’ duties.

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Senior Tax Manager Tasks

  • Manage and document compliance.
  • Oversee tax planning and research, and create plans and goals to advise clients.
  • Research and document tax strategies and new laws.
  • Mentor and review tax associates to develop people and revenue.
  • Lead primary review of complicated or unusual tax documents.

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Manager


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At the upper end, Senior Tax Managers who move into a Tax Accounting Firm Partner role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Tax Accounting Firm Partners is a much higher $159K per year. Going from Senior Tax Manager to Tax Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $158K. Many others choose to work as Certified Public Accountants, where pay is typically $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


Senior Tax Managers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at KPMG, LLP, where the median salary comes to $146K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($106K) and those starting out ($202K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Senior Tax Managers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Legal Research, Tax Compliance, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Tax Preparation. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Tax Preparation and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $95K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $127K. Senior Tax Managers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $135K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $129K.

Pay Difference by Location


With a pay rate for Senior Tax Managers that is 31 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Senior Tax Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+21 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 7 percent south of the national average, can be found in Denver. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Chicago, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries


National Average
$131,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

Tax Consulting
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Legal Research
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National Average
$131,000

Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 208 votes.

Gender

Female
46 %
Male
54 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
54%
20 years or more
25%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 8%
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