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Tax Associate Salary

Tax Associates in the United States pull down an average of $54K annually. In the world of Tax Associates, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $66K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but geography and experience level are influential factors as well. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Most Tax Associates like their work and job satisfaction is high. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Tax Associates making up 51 percent of survey respondents. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
$44,645 - $64,604
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MEDIAN: $53,686
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National Salary Data

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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$44,645 - $64,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,023  
Profit Sharing
$116.17 - $4,122  
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$40,899 - $65,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 830
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$8.53 - $26.11  
   
Overtime
$12.63 - $42.10  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,023  
   
Profit Sharing
$116.17 - $4,122  
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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$40,899 - $65,618  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 97
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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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More often than not, Tax Associates take top-notch roles like Tax Manager. Pay for that position is $90K annually on average. Becoming a Senior Tax Accountant is, more often than not, the most common role that Tax Associates move into when they're ready for the next step in their career. The average salary for the position is $63K. Another frequent advance is for Tax Associates to assume a Tax Accountant role; in this role, workers often earn $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Associate


PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Grant Thornton Llp, and BDO Seidman, LLP are among the top companies that take on many Tax Associates. Moss Adams LLP offers the largest salaries in town — $63K on average. Those in search of high salaries should also consider EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers, and KPMG, LLP, top-paying firms where Tax Associates rake in a comfortable $57K, $57K, or $57K, respectively.

Eide Bailly, Llp offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $46K. There's also little variation in pay at the company, with pay ranging from $41K to $59K. Mcgladrey, Grant Thornton Llp, and BDO Seidman, LLP also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with typical earnings hovering around $55K, $55K, and $56K.

Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Tax Associates report a narrow range of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. The majority of those who know Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tax Associates, busy New York offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Tax Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+12 percent), Seattle (+8 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 14 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Pittsburgh. Minneapolis and Charlotte are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries tend to be 3 percent less than the median.

Tax Associate Reviews

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

Experienced
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National Average
$54,000


Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries

Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

Tax Compliance
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National Average
$54,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Tax Preparation
up arrow 2%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
49 %
Male
51 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 11%