Salaries for Senior Tax Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($129K) per year. Total incomes of Senior Tax Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $12K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $93K and $187K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career length, followed by the specific employer and geographic location. Most Senior Tax Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Managers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$90,315 - $170,861
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$90K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $128,819
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$11.74 - $51.06
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$12
$38
$51
MEDIAN: $37.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$90,315 - $170,861  
   
Bonus
$3,074 - $24,881  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,146  
Commission
$4,913  
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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$93,430 - $187,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 615
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$11.74 - $51.06  
   
Overtime
$43.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$3,074 - $24,881  
   
Commission
$4,913  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $12,146  
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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$93,430 - $187,025  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 16
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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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Many Senior Tax Managers move into Tax Director roles, in which average pay is a slightly higher $160K per year. More often than not, a Certified Public Accountant role is the next step for Senior Tax Managers moving up in the field. Pay for Certified Public Accountants is usually $59K. Many Senior Tax Managers choose to take on a Tax Accounting Firm Partner role instead, where salaries are typically $156K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


Dominating the field, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Deloitte Tax LLP, Mcgladrey, and Eide Bailly, Llp are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Senior Tax Managers. The biggest paychecks can be found at Deloitte Tax LLP — the median salary there is $148K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $107K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $217K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Senior Tax Managers note just a narrow range of job skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Legal Research, and Tax Preparation are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Accounting and Tax Preparation. The majority of those 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.


Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $80K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $131K. For Senior Tax Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $140K. 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 $138K by contrast.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $136,816

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For Senior Tax Managers, working in the bustling city of San Jose has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Tax Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+24 percent), Houston (+20 percent), San Francisco (+20 percent), and Los Angeles (+15 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Charlotte. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Denver and McLean (9 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries



National Average
$137,000



Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 88 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

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

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 66%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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