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Senior Tax Specialist Salary

Average Senior Tax Specialists in the United States make around $64K annually. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most Senior Tax Specialists survey respondents are women (74 percent). A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$42,131 - $91,052
(Median)
$42K
$64K
$91K
MEDIAN: $64,115
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$14.93 - $33.42
(Median)
$15
$20
$33
MEDIAN: $20
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National Salary 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$32K$64K$96K
Salary
$42,131 - $91,052  
   
Bonus
$487.22 - $11,878  
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $5,087  
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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$38,618 - $95,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate 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$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.93 - $33.42  
   
Overtime
$22.39 - $37.84  
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.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$487.22 - $11,878  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,017 - $5,087  
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).
)
$38,618 - $95,781  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 29

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Job Description for Senior Tax Specialist

Senior tax specialists work to ensure that a company's taxes are all taken care of so that the company is level with the IRS. Senior tax specialists must know all of the ins and outs of tax laws--which are constantly changing--so they must be prepared to always be learning for their job. If a company is audited and they did not report their taxes properly, the company could owe money and in some cases be in serious trouble for tax evasion.

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Senior Tax Specialist Tasks

  • Compile information including sales tax reports, use tax accruals, inventory, accounts payable and fixed asset reports.
  • Analyze and code fixed invoices, repair invoices, and apply account classification.
  • Prepare federal, state and local income tax filings with quarterly estimates, extensions and tax returns.
  • Balance, analyze, prepare, and/or process asset sales, disposals, general ledger accounts, tax returns, and invoices.
  • Identify tax issues that arise in the compliance process.

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Specialist


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Though it's uncommon, some Senior Tax Specialists move into roles as Senior Tax Managers, where pay is an average $120K per year. A common career progression for a Senior Tax Specialist is to become a Tax Manager or a Tax Compliance Manager. Compared to Senior Tax Specialists, the first group earns $27K more on average, and the second group earns $21K more.

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Senior Tax Specialists note just a narrow range of job skills. Tax Consulting and Tax Compliance are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay by 17 percent and 8 percent, respectively. Aptitude in Tax Compliance tends to also indicate an understanding of Tax Preparation.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Specialist

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $60K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $68K. For Senior Tax Specialists, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $62K. Senior Tax Specialists who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $63K.

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Experience Affects Senior Tax Specialist Salaries

Mid-Career
up arrow 6%

National Average
$64,000

Late-Career
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Experienced
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Entry-Level
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Specialist Salaries

Tax Consulting
up arrow 17%


Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

National Average
$64,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
74 %
Male
26 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
19%
5-9 years
39%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
18%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 77% dental benefits Dental: 69%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 18%