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Tax Accountant Salary

The average Tax Accountant in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $52K per year. Total cash compensation for Tax Accountants runs from $37K to $71K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $6K and profit sharing that can reach almost $5K. While the company and experience level impact pay for this group, geographic location is the most influential factor. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Not all workers are lucky enough to have benefits; in fact, just under a fourth are without coverage. Medical insurance is claimed by a fair number and dental insurance is reported by slightly more than half. Women Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,370 - $69,041
(Median)
$39K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,616
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$13.29 - $30.29
(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
$39,370 - $69,041  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,908  
Profit Sharing
$412.17 - $5,115  
Commission
$0.00 - $28,210  
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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$37,197 - $70,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,048
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$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$13.29 - $30.29  
   
Overtime
$18.37 - $41.81  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,908  
   
Commission
$0.00 - $28,210  
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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$37,197 - $70,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 470

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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 who go on to become Senior Tax Managers may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Senior Tax Managers is $120K annually. Typical career progression for a Tax Accountant involves becoming a Senior Tax Accountant or a Tax Manager, roles that pay $12K more and $39K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Accountant


Salary cannot be beat at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where median pay comes to $59K. The range seems somewhat confined, however; the lower end sits at $51K, and the higher end is not far away at $67K.

Popular Skills for Tax Accountant


Survey takers working as Tax Accountants report using a large range of professional skills. 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 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Auditing, Financial Reporting, and Accounting. For most people, competency in Tax Compliance indicates knowledge of 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. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $50K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $56K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $59K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $60K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Tax Accountants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 21 percent above the national average. Tax Accountants will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+18 percent), San Francisco (+14 percent), Chicago (+13 percent), and Houston (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is San Antonio, which sits 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
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Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Excel
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Financial Analysis
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Software Knowledge
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Microsoft Office
0%

National Average
$52,000

Sales Tax Reports
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Quickbooks
up arrow 2%

Payroll Tax Compliance
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Accounting
up arrow 5%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 7%

Auditing
up arrow 17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 521 votes.

Gender

Female
55 %
Male
45 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
52%
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%