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Tax Associate Salary

The average Tax Associate in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $54K per year. In the world of Tax Associates, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $5K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $4K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $66K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the specific employer, followed by the particular city and tenure. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Tax Associates making up 53 percent of survey respondents. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$44,728 - $64,528
(Median)
$45K
$54K
$65K
MEDIAN: $53,930
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$8.65 - $25.93
(Median)
$8
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$44,728 - $64,528  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
Profit Sharing
$118.50 - $4,085  
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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$40,874 - $65,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 910
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.65 - $25.93  
   
Overtime
$13.32 - $42.97  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$118.50 - $4,085  
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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$40,874 - $65,564  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 106

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Associate


Well-known firms with a reputation for hiring numerous Tax Associates include PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Mcgladrey, and Grant Thornton Llp. Heading up the field in terms of compensation, Moss Adams LLP offers the most; Tax Associates earn $62K on average there. Also paying near the top of the field are PricewaterhouseCoopers at $58K, EY (Ernst & Young) at $58K, and KPMG, LLP, where Tax Associates annually earn $57K.

Eide Bailly, Llp offers the least pay with a median salary of $46K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $59K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Bkd, Llp ($51K), Grant Thornton Llp ($55K), and Mcgladrey ($55K).

Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Survey results show that Tax Associates use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, Microsoft Excel, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Quickbooks. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Tax Associates in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+4 percent). In Pittsburgh, salaries are 13 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Charlotte and Atlanta (3 percent lower).

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



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 10%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 145 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

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: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%
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