Tax Associate Salary

Tax Associates usually earn approximately $54K annually in the United States, but Moss Adams LLP offers a significantly higher median of $62K. Soaring salaries can also be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP, where earnings of $58K, $58K, or $57K are standard for Tax Associates. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,775 - $64,411

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$8.84 - $26.02

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$44,775 - $64,411  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,067  
Profit Sharing
$119.19 - $4,077  
Total Pay (?
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$40,712 - $65,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 942
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Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $26.02  
   
Overtime
$13.50 - $42.75  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,067  
   
Profit Sharing
$119.19 - $4,077  
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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$40,712 - $65,457  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 111
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Tax Associate


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Advancing into a Tax Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Tax Associates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $91K per year. With an annual salary of $64K, Senior Tax Accountant is the most common role for Tax Associates to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Tax Accountant role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Tax Associates, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Survey results imply that Tax Associates put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks. Most people who know Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tax Associates, working in the bustling city of New York has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tax Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 13 percent south of the national average. Atlanta and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 5 percent lower and 3 percent lower, respectively.

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What is it like working as a Tax Associate?

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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Experience Affects Tax Associate Salaries



National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries


Tax Compliance
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Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$54,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 133 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 86% dental benefits Dental: 73%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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