Tax Associate Salary

Moss Adams LLP lures Tax Associates with larger-than-average paychecks: Tax Associates at this company make a median salary of $61K, much more than the $55K per year-national average for those in this area of work. Soaring salaries can also be found at EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, and PricewaterhouseCoopers, where earnings of $58K, $58K, or $58K are standard for Tax Associates. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale 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 might see a strong upturn in salary after transitioning into upper-level roles such as Tax Manager, a seemingly popular career choice. People currently working in the latter position report a noticeably higher median income of $92K per year. 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 $64K. 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 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 are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $54,823

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

Tax Associates will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 14 percent. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+11 percent), San Jose (+8 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Chicago (+6 percent). With compensation 11 percent below the national average, Pittsburgh is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 5 percent less in Atlanta and 2 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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
up arrow 10%

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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