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Tax Accountant Salary

Tax Accountants in the United States take home approximately $52K annually on average. In the world of Tax Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $6K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $5K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $37K and $71K. Location is the main element affecting pay for this group — the specific employer and years of experience are driving factors as well. Most Tax Accountants report high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in four lack health benefits of any kind, a strong majority do enjoy medical insurance, and just over a half get dental coverage, too. Men are slightly outnumbered by their female counterparts who answered the questionnaire, who make up a slight majority at 56 percent. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$39,532 - $69,280
(Median)
$40K
$52K
$69K
MEDIAN: $51,751
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$13.43 - $30.32
(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
$39,532 - $69,280  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,903  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,175  
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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$37,306 - $71,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,061
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$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$13.43 - $30.32  
   
Overtime
$18.63 - $43.06  
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 - $5,903  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $5,250  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $5,175  
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).
)
$37,306 - $71,211  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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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For Tax Accountants, progressing to a Senior Tax Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Tax Manager can earn $120K annually. A common career progression for a Tax Accountant is to become a Senior Tax Accountant or a Tax Manager. Compared to Tax Accountants, the first group earns $12K more on average, and the second group earns $39K more.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Accountant


Pay for Tax Accountants is best at PricewaterhouseCoopers, which offers a median salary of $59K. However, the highest reported salaries don't seem to be much higher than the lowest ones; the pay range here runs from $51K to $67K.

Popular Skills for Tax Accountant


Tax Accountants report using a deep pool 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 3 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Auditing, Bookkeeping, and Accounting. Most people 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. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $50K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $56K. On average, Tax Accountants make $59K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $61K.

Pay Difference by Location


New York is home to an above-average pay rate for Tax Accountants, 21 percent higher than 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 (+12 percent). San Antonio ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 2 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis (2 percent lower) and Miami (1 percent lower).

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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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Microsoft Excel
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Financial Analysis
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Tax Preparation
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Software Knowledge
0%

National Average
$52,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Quickbooks
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Sales Tax Reports
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Payroll Tax Compliance
up arrow 4%

Accounting
up arrow 4%

Financial Reporting
up arrow 4%


Auditing
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 504 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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