Earnings for Tax Accountants in the United States come in at around $54K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Tax Accountants (largely between $39K and $77K) includes potential earnings of $7K from bonuses, $4K from profit sharing, and commissions of $20K in exceptional cases. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by career length, followed by the specific employer and geography. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Women Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, one-fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a strong majority and dental insurance is reported by over one-half. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$40,482 - $73,146
$40K
$54K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,341
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50%
90%

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$14.71 - $36.09
$15
$22
$36
MEDIAN: $22.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,482 - $73,146  
   
Bonus
$486.54 - $6,536  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,359  
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,866  
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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$39,025 - $76,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 1,442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.71 - $36.09  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.52  
Overtime
$21.76 - $49.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$486.54 - $6,536  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,359  
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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$39,025 - $76,890  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 282

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Job Description for Tax Accountant

Tax accountants specialize in preparing and submitting tax documents for clients, which can include private individuals and private and public companies; these companies may include non-profits and government agencies, as well. Tax accountants often devise tax strategies to defer or eliminate tax payments, coordinate audits with various taxation authorities, and advise corporate management of taxation strategies. As such, they must understand and interpret tax law and occasionally explain its implications to clients.

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Tax Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare tax returns and reports, maintain records, analyze and research complex tax issues.
  • Provides support during audits.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Analyze tax regulations and recommend policies that minimize tax burden.

Common Career Paths for Tax Accountant


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Tax Accountants' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Senior Tax Manager. The average Senior Tax Manager brings home $123K per year. It is quite typical for Tax Accountants to transition into roles as Senior Tax Accountants or Tax Managers, where reported median earnings are $10K and $38K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Accountant


Salary cannot be beat at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where median pay comes to $62K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $59K, and the higher end is not far away at $77K.

Popular Skills for Tax Accountant


Tax Accountants seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, Financial Analysis, Tax Consulting, and Software Knowledge are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 5 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Payroll Tax Compliance. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Accountant

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


Tax Accountants do not generally earn higher incomes from more experience in the field. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $52K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $62K. Tax Accountants claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $64K. Tax Accountants who have acquired more than two decades of experience generally do see greater compensation; their average income is approximately $71K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,760

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Tax Accountants will find that San Francisco offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Los Angeles (+11 percent), Chicago (+10 percent), Baltimore (+9 percent), and Boston (+9 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Milwaukee, 9 percent below the national average. Employers in St. Louis and Nashville also lean toward paying below-median salaries (7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Tax Accountant

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%
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Experience Affects Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Tax Accountant Salaries








Tax Preparation
0%

Sales Tax Reports
0%

Auditing
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National Average
$55,000




Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 258 votes.

Gender

Female
57 %
Male
43 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
53%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
vision benefits
Vision: 43%
dental benefits
None: 24%
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