Tax Associate Salary

Tax Associates in search of top-notch pay will find it at Moss Adams LLP, where the median salary of $61K trumps the $55K per year-national average for those in this profession. Tax Associates can also look forward to large paychecks at EY (Ernst & Young) ($58K), KPMG, LLP ($58K), and PricewaterhouseCoopers ($58K). This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$45,397 - $66,540
(Median)
$45K
$55K
$67K
MEDIAN: $54,648
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$8.95 - $25.96
(Median)
$9
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$45,397 - $66,540  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,007  
Commission
$1,300  
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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$41,180 - $67,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,131
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.95 - $25.96  
   
Overtime
$15.32 - $43.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,128  
   
Commission
$1,300  
Profit Sharing
$206.08 - $4,007  
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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$41,180 - $67,315  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 134
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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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Tax Associates who move on to become Tax Managers may enjoy significant pay raises, as Tax Managers get paid an average of $92K 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


Tax Associates seem to require a number of specific skills. 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 and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Tax Compliance indicates knowledge of Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,823

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, New York offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+11 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 11 percent below the national average. Employers in Atlanta and Phoenix also lean toward paying below-median salaries (5 percent lower and 2 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
$55,000

Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries


Tax Compliance
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National Average
$55,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Quickbooks
up arrow 10%

Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 144 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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