Tax Associate Salary

Tax Associates usually earn approximately $56K annually in the United States, but KPMG, LLP offers a significantly higher median of $61K. Also paying near the top of the field are PricewaterhouseCoopers at $59K, EY (Ernst & Young) at $59K, and Deloitte & Touche LLP, where Tax Associates annually earn $59K. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$46,957 - $68,892
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$56K
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MEDIAN: $55,734
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$9.24 - $27.58
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MEDIAN: $17.68
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$46,957 - $68,892  
   
Bonus
$403.59 - $5,728  
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,400  
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$41,022 - $69,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 842
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Hourly Rate
$9.24 - $27.58  
   
Overtime
$20.71 - $42.19  
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$403.59 - $5,728  
   
Profit Sharing
$350.00 - $3,400  
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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$41,022 - $69,965  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Tax Associates sometimes become Senior Tax Managers, where the average income is $123K per year. Tax Associates most often move into positions as Tax Managers or Senior Tax Accountants; those groups report median salaries that are $37K higher and $9K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Survey results imply that Tax Associates put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, facility with Legal Research and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 54 percent and 7 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Tax Compliance also tend to know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,808

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

For those looking to make money, Tax Associates in San Jose enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above 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 (+10 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Falling short of the national average by 11 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Cleveland. Employers also pay below the national average in St. Louis and Atlanta (4 percent lower).

Tax Associate Reviews

Q: 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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Key Stats for Tax Associate

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.
Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Tax Associate Salaries

▲7%

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National Average
$56,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries

Legal Research
▲54%



National Average
$56,000


▼1%


Microsoft Word
▼12%

Quickbooks
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 96 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
27%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
7%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

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