Senior Tax Manager Salary (United States)

Average pay for a Senior Tax Manager in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $128,268 per year. Cash earnings—which sometimes include up to $25K from bonuses and more than $10,047 from profit sharing—stretch from around $83,786 to approximately $161,983. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Women are just slightly outnumbered in the field, with male Senior Tax Managers making up 53 percent of workers. Most Senior Tax Managers report high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$83,786 - $161,983
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Senior Tax Manager Salary (?
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$16.49 - $70.74
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,786 - $161,983  
   
Bonus
$2,498 - $24,770  
Profit Sharing
$1,578 - $10,047  
Commission
$1,965 - $7,122  
Total Pay (?
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$87,520 - $176,494  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 912
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$16.49 - $70.74  
   
Overtime
$24.00 - $70.50  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,498 - $24,770  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $7,122  
Profit Sharing
$1,578 - $10,047  
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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$87,520 - $176,494  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | 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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While not commonly found, Senior Tax Managers who move on to become Accounting Firm Partners bring in an additional $30K annually. Going from Senior Tax Manager to Tax Director is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are bigger by $28K. Many others choose to work as Certified Public Accountant (CPA)s, where pay actually goes down by $69,805.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager

Although KPMG, LLP boasts the highest average salary in town at $139,415, employee compensation still varies greatly—workers can make as little as $103K or as much as about $200K.
With a median salary of $134,378, EY (Ernst & Young) provides Senior Tax Managers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $178K, limiting employee salary growth. Deloitte Tax LLP and KPMG, LLP also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $137,889 and $139,415-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager

Senior Tax Managers only report a few specific skills. Legal Research is considered a valuable skill and can increase employee pay by 4 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Tax Preparation. Those familiar with Tax Consulting tend to be well-versed in Tax Preparation and Accounting. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Accounting and Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Manager

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
After five to 10 years, salaries go from $80K to beyond six figures at $123K. Pay amounts to $133K after 10 to 20 years. For Senior Tax Managers, two decades of experience in the field often means a drop in salary—average earnings fall to $127K. Senior Tax Managers with 10 to 20 years of experience are most common in the field, followed by those with more than 20 years and one to 10 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are hardest to find.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Senior Tax Managers, working in the bustling city of San Francisco has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Tax Managers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+16 percent), San Diego (+14 percent), Philadelphia (+12 percent), and Los Angeles (+12 percent). Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Chicago also lean toward paying below-median salaries (-3 percent and -2 percent, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries

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Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

Legal Research
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 298 votes.

Gender

Female
47%
female alumni
 
Male
53%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
1%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
24%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 8%
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