Tax Associate Salary

The national average salary for Tax Associates is $56K annually; KPMG, LLP pays the most in this field, though, offering a median salary of $61K. Soaring salaries can also be found at PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where earnings of $59K, $59K, or $59K are standard for Tax Associates. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$47,269 - $69,710
$47K
$56K
$70K
MEDIAN: $56,191
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$9.82 - $28.18
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MEDIAN: $18.10
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$0$70K
Salary $47,269 - $69,710
Bonus $404.52 - $5,263
Profit Sharing $297.99 - $3,825
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$41,299 - $70,726
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 852
Hourly Data $0$43
Hourly Rate $9.82 - $28.18
Overtime $19.02 - $43.32
Annual Data $0$70K
Bonus $404.52 - $5,263
Profit Sharing $297.99 - $3,825
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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$41,299 - $70,726
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 113

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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

  • Use software to enter data and file taxes for clients.
  • Collect, validate and return tax documents.
  • Ensure compliance to timelines, information requests and legal requirements.
  • Research and explain tax information, needs and paperwork, offering advice.

Common Career Paths for Tax Associate


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Tax Associates who advance into the role of a Senior Tax Manager are fairly uncommon. Senior Tax Managers on average earn $123K per year. Career advancement for the typical Tax Associate often leads to becoming a Tax Manager or a Senior Tax Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $37K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Legal Research and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that pay less than market rate include Quickbooks and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,213

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

For Tax Associates, San Jose provides a pay rate that is 14 percent greater than the national average. Tax Associates can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+14 percent), New York (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Trailing the national average by 12 percent, Cleveland is the market with the smallest paychecks. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include St. Louis (5 percent lower) and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

Tax Associate Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Tax Associate?

Tax Associate in St. Louis:
"Building faith."
Pros: Corporate culture, work flexibility, office conditions.
Cons: Stress level, perks.

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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Key Stats for Tax Associate

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.
Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%
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Experience Affects Tax Associate Salaries

▲6%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

▼8%

Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries

Legal Research
▲53%



National Average
$56,000


▼2%


Microsoft Word
▼13%

Quickbooks
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 117 votes.

Gender

Female
50 %
Male
50 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
63%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 61%
no benefits
None: 14%
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