Senior Tax Manager Salary

Salaries for Senior Tax Managers in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($127K) per year. Overall cash earnings for Senior Tax Managers stretch from $91K on the lower end to $188K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $25K from bonuses and $16K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career duration, followed by the particular city and the particular employer. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men working as Senior Tax Managers who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 53 percent. The majority of Senior Tax Managers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$88,869 - $172,538
(Median)
$89K
$130K
$170K
MEDIAN: $126,528
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$17.79 - $60.29
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$43
$60
MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Salary
$88,869 - $172,538  
   
Bonus
$2,557 - $24,648  
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $16,340  
Commission
$4,000  
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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$90,855 - $187,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 980
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Hourly Rate
$17.79 - $60.29  
   
Overtime
$36.42  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$2,557 - $24,648  
   
Commission
$4,000  
Profit Sharing
$1,016 - $16,340  
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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$90,855 - $187,877  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 25
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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 end up in upper-level roles like Tax Director. Tax Directors bring home $160K annually on average. Becoming a Certified Public Accountant is, more often than not, the most common role that Senior Tax Managers move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. A median salary for a Certified Public Accountant is $59K. Another frequent advance is for Senior Tax Managers to assume a Tax Accounting Firm Partner role; in this role, workers often take home $156K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


Pay for Senior Tax Managers is best at Deloitte Tax LLP, which offers a median salary of $152K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $119K to $205K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Job skills reported by Senior Tax Managers are limited. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Tax Consulting, 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.


The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $97K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $132K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $139K in this role. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $131K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $134,910

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For Senior Tax Managers, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Senior Tax Managers will also find cushy salaries in San Jose (+24 percent), San Francisco (+21 percent), Los Angeles (+16 percent), and Washington (+7 percent). With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Denver is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (4 percent less) and Houston (3 percent less).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries


National Average
$135,000



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Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

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Tax Consulting
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National Average
$135,000

Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 193 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
2%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
56%
20 years or more
23%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 80%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 8%
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