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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 $10K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $87K to $180K depending on individual performance. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. Male Senior Tax Managers are just a bit more common among those who completed the questionnaire than females ones, with male workers composing 52 percent of the field. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$83,578 - $165,721
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MEDIAN: $122,094
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$16.49 - $68.84
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MEDIAN: $43.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$83,578 - $165,721  
   
Bonus
$2,491 - $25,049  
Profit Sharing
$1,689 - $10,090  
Commission
$1,965 - $7,122  
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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$87,103 - $179,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 872
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$16.49 - $68.84  
   
Overtime
$24.00 - $70.50  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$2,491 - $25,049  
   
Commission
$1,965 - $7,122  
Profit Sharing
$1,689 - $10,090  
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).
)
$87,103 - $179,954  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 23
United States (change)

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 Senior Tax Managers do not often become Tax Accounting Firm Partners, the job pays $159K per year on average. More often than not, Tax Director role is the next step for Senior Tax Managers moving up in the field. Tax Directors usually make $157K per year. Many other Senior Tax Managers choose to take on a Certified Public Accountant role, where salaries are typically $59K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager


Although EY (Ernst & Young) offers the highest salaries (median pay is $146K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $113K to $180K.

Bringing up the rear, KPMG, LLP's median pay of $137K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $200K.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Tax Consulting, Accounting, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Tax Preparation. Most people who know Tax Consulting also know Tax Preparation and Accounting. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in 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.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $90K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $124K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Senior Tax Managers bring in $133K after working for 10 to 20 years. Folks who claim more than 20 years of relevant experience actually report a comparatively lower median income of $128K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Senior Tax Managers, San Francisco provides a pay rate that is 19 percent greater than the national average. Senior Tax Managers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+18 percent), Los Angeles (+13 percent), San Diego (+11 percent), and Charlotte (+10 percent). The lowest-paying market is Atlanta, which sits 6 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Houston and Chicago (2 percent lower and 1 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries


National Average
$130,000



Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$130,000

Tax Compliance
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 255 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

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: 89% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 8%