Senior Tax Manager Salary (United States)

Wages for Senior Tax Managers in the United States are plentiful, with average pay above six figures ($128,268) per year. Experience level is the main element affecting pay for this group—geography and the specific company are driving factors as well. A solid majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and most collect dental insurance. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Managers (53 percent). Work is enjoyable for Senior Tax Managers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this outline were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$83,786 - $161,983
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MEDIAN: $121,252
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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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$83,786 - $161,983  
   
Bonus
$2,498 - $24,770  
Profit Sharing
$1,578 - $10,047  
Commission
$1,965 - $7,122  
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$87,520 - $176,494  
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  
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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There are some Senior Tax Managers—though it's uncommon—that transition into Accounting Firm Partners, where earnings can rise by $30K annually. A Tax Director role is the most prevalent career advancement for Senior Tax Managers, and paychecks swell by $28K per year. a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) position is another common transition for Senior Tax Managers; in this role, salaries typically decrease 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.
Salaries are easily beat at EY (Ernst & Young), where median pay comes to just $134,378, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $113K and ending at $178K, range in salary is rather small. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Deloitte Tax LLP at $137,889, and KPMG, LLP where $139,415 is the norm.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager

Survey results show that Senior Tax Managers use a fair number of 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. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Accounting and Tax Preparation. It is often found that people who know Tax Consulting are also skilled in 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 jump from $80K at career start to more than six figures at $123K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $133K. Following a couple decades of work, Senior Tax Managers watch their salaries dip to an average of $127K. The largest number of Senior Tax Managers have 10 to 20 years of experience, followed by those with more than 20 years. Workers who have been working for one to 10 years are the least common.

Pay Difference By Location

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San Francisco is home to an above-average pay rate for Senior Tax Managers, 23 percent higher than the national average. Also paying near the top of the field are New York, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles, where Senior Tax Managers annually earn 16 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent more than the national average. In Tampa, salaries are 9 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Atlanta and Chicago are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median—salaries hover around -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

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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%