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Tax Accountant Salary

The average Tax Accountant in the United States earns approximately $52K annually. Total cash earnings of Tax Accountants range from $37K on the low end to $71K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $6K and $5K, respectively. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by the specific employer and years of experience. Although a strong majority have medical coverage and over one-half have dental coverage, slightly more than a fifth claim no health benefits at all. Women make up a slight majority of Tax Accountants (56 percent) survey respondents. Work is enjoyable for Tax Accountants, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,388 - $69,072
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,620
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$13.43 - $30.36
(Median)
$13
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,388 - $69,072  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,901  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,115  
Commission
$150.00 - $5,250  
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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$37,243 - $71,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,060
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $30.36  
   
Overtime
$18.58 - $42.11  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,901  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $5,250  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,115  
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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$37,243 - $71,035  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 473

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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

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

Common Career Paths for Tax Accountant


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Tax Accountants may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Senior Tax Manager. The latter position pays an average of $120K annually. Tax Accountants most often move into positions as Senior Tax Accountants or Tax Managers; those groups report median salaries that are $12K higher and $39K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Accountant


PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the best pay with a median salary of $59K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $51K and maxing out at just $67K.

Popular Skills for Tax Accountant


Tax Accountants report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, ADP Sales and Use Tax System, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Auditing, Bookkeeping, and Financial Reporting. The majority of those who know Tax Compliance also know Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Accountant

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


For many Tax Accountants, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $50K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $56K. Tax Accountants who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $59K. In the end, the overall pattern seems to be that more experience generally corresponds to higher pay; a Tax Accountant with more than 20 years of experience can earn $61K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tax Accountants, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+18 percent), San Francisco (+13 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in San Antonio, 2 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$52,000


Skills That Affect Tax Accountant Salaries



ADP Sales and Use Tax System
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Financial Analysis
up arrow 2%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 1%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Sales Tax Reports
up arrow 2%

Accounting
up arrow 3%

Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%


Financial Reporting
up arrow 5%

Auditing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 510 votes.

Gender

Female
56 %
Male
44 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
51%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 76% dental benefits Dental: 55%
vision benefits Vision: 44% employee benefits None: 22%
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