Tax Associate Salary

The national average salary for Tax Associates is $54K annually; Moss Adams LLP pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $62K. Other big spenders include PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Tax Associates see paychecks nearing $58K, $57K, or $57K. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$44,769 - $64,446
(Median)
$45K
$54K
$64K
MEDIAN: $54,016
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$8.83 - $26.10
(Median)
$8
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$44,769 - $64,446  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
Profit Sharing
$119.19 - $4,077  
Total Pay (?
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$40,948 - $65,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 938
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Hourly Rate
$8.83 - $26.10  
   
Overtime
$13.36 - $42.92  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,066  
   
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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$40,948 - $65,510  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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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Many Tax Associates move into a Tax Manager role, and folks who currently hold that position report a much higher median income of $91K per year. The most common promotion for Tax Associates is Senior Tax Accountant, a position that typically pays $64K annually. Another standard transition for Tax Associates seeking advancement is to assume a Tax Accountant role, where pay is often $51K.

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Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks. Most people experienced in Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


Tax Associates will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Tax Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+11 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Atlanta (5 percent less) and Charlotte (3 percent less).

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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 Consulting
up arrow 4%

Tax Compliance
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$54,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 136 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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 11%
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