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Tax Associate Salary

Tax Associates in the United States can expect to earn an average of $54K annually. In the world of Tax Associates, overall income ranges from $41K near the bottom to $65K at the top; this can include more than $5K from bonuses and more than $4K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is the company, though geography and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Men working as Tax Associates who took the survey just slightly outnumber women at 52 percent. The majority of Tax Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$44,715 - $64,443
(Median)
$45K
$54K
$64K
MEDIAN: $53,904
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$8.72 - $25.94
(Median)
$8
$17
$26
MEDIAN: $16.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$44,715 - $64,443  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,032  
Profit Sharing
$117.94 - $4,093  
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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$40,803 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 892
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.72 - $25.94  
   
Overtime
$13.01 - $42.29  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,032  
   
Profit Sharing
$117.94 - $4,093  
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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$40,803 - $65,474  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 105

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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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Advancing into a Tax Manager role seems to be a popular career move for Tax Associates, and folks who currently work in the latter position report a notably larger median income of $91K per year. With an annual salary of $64K, Senior Tax Accountant is the most common role for Tax Associates to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Tax Accountant role — which usually pays $51K — is also typical for Tax Associates, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Associate


Tax Associates flock to PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Grant Thornton Llp, and Mcgladrey, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Tax Associates seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Moss Adams LLP, where the average salary comes to $62K. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries at EY (Ernst & Young) (+$58K), PricewaterhouseCoopers (+$57K), and KPMG, LLP (+$57K).

Eide Bailly, Llp offers the least pay with a median salary of $46K; furthermore, salaries there max out at only $59K. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are Bkd, Llp ($51K), Mcgladrey ($56K), and Grant Thornton Llp ($56K).

Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Survey results suggest that Tax Associates put a wide range of professional skills to use. 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. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


Surpassing the national average by 14 percent, Tax Associates in New York receive some of the highest pay in the country. 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). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Charlotte and Minneapolis (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 11%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 152 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
66%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 63% employee benefits None: 10%