The average Tax Accountant in the United States earns approximately $54K annually. Individual bonuses, profit sharing and commission for Tax Accountants — as high as $6K, $4K and $20K, respectively — each contribute to the degree of variation within overall compensation, ranging from $39K to $76K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career length, followed by the specific employer and location. Slightly less than a fourth of professionals in this line of work do not receive benefits; however, a strong majority report medical coverage and slightly more than half claim dental coverage as well. The majority of Tax Accountants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Women Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$40,261 - $73,245
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$40K
$54K
$73K
MEDIAN: $54,430
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$14.60 - $35.58
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$22
$36
MEDIAN: $21.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Salary
$40,261 - $73,245  
   
Bonus
$425.00 - $6,376  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,329  
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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$38,959 - $76,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,464
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$14.60 - $35.58  
   
Hourly Tips
$8.52  
Overtime
$21.52 - $46.48  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$425.00 - $6,376  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $19,866  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $4,329  
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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$38,959 - $76,374  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 272
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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 $123K annually. When Tax Accountants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Senior Tax Accountants or Tax Managers. Those roles pay an additional $10K and $38K, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Accountant


Although PricewaterhouseCoopers offers the highest salaries (median pay is $62K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $59K to $77K.

Popular Skills for Tax Accountant


Survey takers working as Tax Accountants report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Compliance, Tax Consulting, Financial Reporting, and Financial Analysis are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 5 percent, 4 percent, 3 percent, and 3 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Bookkeeping, Payroll Tax Compliance, and ADP Sales and Use Tax System. Those educated in Tax Compliance tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Accountant

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


For Tax Accountants, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Salaries of relatively inexperienced workers fall in the neighborhood of $53K, but folks who have racked up five to 10 years see a notably higher median of $62K. Tax Accountants bring in $66K after working for 10 to 20 years. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $68K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,794

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Home to some of the best pay for Tax Accountants, San Francisco offers exceptional salaries, 12 percent above the national average. Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+11 percent), Chicago (+9 percent), San Antonio (+8 percent), and Dallas (+8 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 9 percent south of the national average, can be found in Milwaukee.

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Experience Affects Tax Accountant Salaries




National Average
$55,000


Skills That Affect Tax Accountant Salaries


Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

Software Knowledge
up arrow 3%

Financial Analysis
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Financial Reporting
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Tax Preparation
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
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Auditing
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National Average
$55,000

Sales Tax Reports
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Quickbooks
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Accounting
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 262 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
9%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 75%
dental benefits
Dental: 53%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 23%
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