Tax Associate Salary

KPMG, LLP is a desirable employer for Tax Associates where the median salary comes in around $61K, beating the field's national median of $56K per year. Other employers shelling out big bucks include PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where Tax Associates typically earn around $59K, $59K, or $59K, respectively. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$47,436 - $69,320
$47K
$56K
$69K
MEDIAN: $56,114
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50%
90%

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$9.81 - $29.07
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$18
$29
MEDIAN: $18.10
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$0$70K
Salary $47,436 - $69,320
Bonus $392.54 - $5,240
Profit Sharing $290.87 - $3,939
Total Pay (?
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$41,714 - $70,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 874
Hourly Data $0$42
Hourly Rate $9.81 - $29.07
Overtime $16.61 - $42.88
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $392.54 - $5,240
Profit Sharing $290.87 - $3,939
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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$41,714 - $70,592
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 102

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Job Description for Tax Associate

A tax associate ensures their company is reporting their finances and submitting tax paperwork in compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Tax associates generally do not work independently, but instead are hired on as part of a team. The tax associate reviews their company's financial records to verify that the company is in compliance with laws (such as Internal Revenue Service requirements). They also must ensure the company is paying proper taxes for payroll, income, investments, and property. The tax associate generally has access to many different company financial documents to guarantee the correct taxes are being paid. They must be highly organized to keep track of these files, and they must follow any relevant company privacy rules and privacy laws.

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Tax Associate Tasks

  • Use software to enter data and file taxes for clients.
  • Collect, validate and return tax documents.
  • Ensure compliance to timelines, information requests and legal requirements.
  • Research and explain tax information, needs and paperwork, offering advice.

Common Career Paths for Tax Associate


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Though it's uncommon, some Tax Associates move into roles as Senior Tax Managers, where pay is an average $123K per year. It is quite typical for Tax Associates to transition into roles as Tax Managers or Senior Tax Accountants, where reported median earnings are $37K and $9K higher per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Associate

Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Survey results suggest that Tax Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, facility with Legal Research and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Microsoft Word. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,209

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

With a pay rate for Tax Associates that is 14 percent greater than the national average, San Jose offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (5 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

Tax Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Tax Associate?

Tax Associate in St. Louis:
"Building faith."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions.
Cons: Stress level, perks.

Tax Associate in Phoenix:
"Corporate Culture."
Pros: Focus on developing employees, quick accession to higher levels.
Cons: Long hours, no increase in pay with regards to designations/education.

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Key Stats for Tax Associate

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.
Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Tax Associate Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries

Legal Research
▲53%



National Average
$56,000


▼2%


Microsoft Word
▼13%

Quickbooks
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 121 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 14%
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