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Senior Tax Manager Salary (United States)

Senior Tax Managers in the United States see excellent average salaries — about $128K annually. Total incomes of Senior Tax Managers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $25K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $88K and $176K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by geography and the particular employer. A strong majority enjoy medical while most get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Men make up a slight majority of Senior Tax Managers (53 percent). For the most part, Senior Tax Managers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Senior Tax Manager Salary (?
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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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$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 (?
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: 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 Tax Accounting Firm Partners, where earnings are typically $159K annually. As Senior Tax Managers progress in their field, many go on to become Tax Directors. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $157K per year. Another common career choice for Senior Tax Managers is to move into a Certified Public Accountant role. Typically, Certified Public Accountants get paid $58K.

Senior Tax Manager Job Listings

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Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Manager

Employees of KPMG, LLP can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $139K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $103K to $200K.
EY (Ernst & Young) offers the least pay with a median salary of $134K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $178K. Deloitte Tax LLP also scrapes the bottom of the pay scale.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Manager

Senior Tax Managers usually report a few specific skills. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Tax Consulting, Accounting, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Tax Preparation. The majority of those who know Tax Consulting also know Tax Preparation and Accounting. It is often found that people who know Tax Compliance are also skilled 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.
Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $80K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $123K. For Senior Tax Managers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $132K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $127K. Those with one to 10 years of experience are scarcest in the field. Most typically, Senior Tax Managers report having spent 10 to 20 years on the job followed by those with more than 20 years.

Pay Difference By Location

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For those looking to make money, Senior Tax Managers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 23 percent above the national average. New York, San Diego, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles are a few other cities that offer generous salaries, with Senior Tax Managers earning around 16 percent, 14 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent more than average. Tampa is the lowest-paying area, 9 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Atlanta and Chicago (3 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Manager Salaries

National Average
$128,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Senior Tax Manager Salaries

Legal Research
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Accounting
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Tax Compliance
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$128,000
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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%