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Senior Tax Manager Salary

Average pay for a Senior Tax Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $123K per year. Total cash compensation to Senior Tax Managers approaches anywhere from $87K on the lower end to $182K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $24K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Managers (53 percent) who responded to the survey. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$84,089 - $167,885
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$84K
$120K
$170K
MEDIAN: $123,115
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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
$84,089 - $167,885  
   
Bonus
$2,497 - $24,187  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $10,033  
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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$87,396 - $181,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 849
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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
$2,497 - $24,187  
   
Commission
$2,035 - $6,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,226 - $10,033  
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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$87,396 - $181,799  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 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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Advancing into a Tax Director role seems to be a popular career move for Senior Tax Managers, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $159K per year. As Senior Tax Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Certified Public Accountants. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and median pay for the role is $59K. Another common career choice for Senior Tax Managers is to move into a Tax Accounting Firm Partner role — this promotion usually pays $159K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


KPMG, LLP pays the most with a median salary of $142K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $104K to a high of $202K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $192K, Deloitte Tax LLP still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $140K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. 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. For most people, competency in Tax Compliance indicates knowledge of 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.


Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $95K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $126K. Senior Tax Managers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $134K. Survey participants with more than two decades under their belts actually report earning less than people with less experience; the former take home only $128K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Senior Tax Managers in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 22 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+17 percent), Los Angeles (+14 percent), San Diego (+10 percent), and Charlotte (+9 percent). Falling short of the national average by 5 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Denver. Employers in Atlanta and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (4 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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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 213 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
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 78%
vision benefits Vision: 65% employee benefits None: 8%