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Senior Tax Manager Salary

Average pay for Senior Tax Managers in the United States is more than reasonable, with annual salaries pushing past the six-figure mark ($124K). Overall cash earnings for Senior Tax Managers stretch from $89K on the lower end to $184K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though career length and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Men working as Senior Tax Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. Most Senior Tax Managers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$85,608 - $169,530
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$86K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $123,755
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$16.49 - $60.70
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MEDIAN: $42.00
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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
$85,608 - $169,530  
   
Bonus
$2,882 - $24,721  
Profit Sharing
$1,231 - $10,025  
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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$88,516 - $184,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 858
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $60.70  
   
Overtime
$23.58 - $42.06  
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
$2,882 - $24,721  
   
Commission
$2,035 - $6,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,231 - $10,025  
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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$88,516 - $184,066  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 23
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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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Senior Tax Managers often transition into Tax Director positions, for which compensation tends to be much higher. On average, Tax Directors earn $158K per year. A Certified Public Accountant role is the most common promotion for Senior Tax Managers moving up the ladder. Pay for this role tends to be $59K per year. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Senior Tax Managers is a Tax Accounting Firm Partner position, where earnings are usually $158K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


KPMG, LLP does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $146K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $106K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $202K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Survey results show that Senior Tax Managers typically report just a few professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Legal Research, Tax Compliance, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Tax Preparation. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to 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.


Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $95K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $127K. For Senior Tax Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $135K. Senior Tax Managers who claim more than two decades of experience actually make somewhat smaller average paychecks of $130K.

Pay Difference by Location


San Jose is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Tax Managers, 30 percent higher than the national average. Senior Tax Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+23 percent), San Francisco (+16 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Charlotte (+8 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Atlanta, 6 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Denver 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
$132,000



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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
$132,000

Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 207 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

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: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%
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