Senior Tax Manager Salary

Wages for Senior Tax Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($130K) per year. Cash earnings for Senior Tax Managers — including $25K in bonuses and $12K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $95K to $187K depending on individual performance. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — the particular city and the individual firm are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction for Senior Tax Managers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Senior Tax Managers making up 51 percent of survey respondents. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$92,481 - $170,059
$92K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $129,580
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$12.00 - $63.87
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$64
MEDIAN: $42.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$92,481 - $170,059  
   
Bonus
$3,129 - $25,274  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,836  
Commission
$4,500  
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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$94,950 - $186,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 604
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Hourly Rate
$12.00 - $63.87  
   
Overtime
$43.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,129 - $25,274  
   
Commission
$4,500  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $11,836  
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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$94,950 - $186,570  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 19

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Manager


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A lot of Senior Tax Managers move on to become Tax Directors, that group gets paid a slightly higher $161K on average. 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 $156K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


Senior Tax Managers flock to EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Deloitte Tax LLP, Eide Bailly, Llp, and Mcgladrey, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although the highest salaries can be found at KPMG, LLP where median pay is $150K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $119K and $204K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Job skills reported by Senior Tax Managers are limited. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Legal Research, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Accounting and Tax Preparation. Most people who know 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.


Professionals with less than five years' experience earn a median of $80K annually, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts report a weighty six-figure median of $133K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $141K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $137K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $137,636

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Tax Managers in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 25 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Managers will also find cushy salaries in Houston (+22 percent), New York (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), and Boston (+14 percent). With compensation 9 percent below the national average, Charlotte is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Below-median salaries also turn up in Denver and McLean (8 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Tax Manager

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries

▲3%

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National Average
$138,000

▼4%

▼42%

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

Tax Compliance
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Tax Consulting
▼0%

National Average
$138,000



▼6%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 90 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
57%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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