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Tax Associate Salary

Median pay for Tax Associates in the United States is around $54K annually. Total incomes of Tax Associates incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $4K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $66K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the particular firm, followed by geography and tenure. Most enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Women are just slightly outnumbered, with male Tax Associates making up 53 percent of survey respondents. The majority of Tax Associates claim high levels of job satisfaction. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$44,780 - $64,596
(Median)
$45K
$54K
$65K
MEDIAN: $54,001
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$8.66 - $26.10
(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
$44,780 - $64,596  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,062  
Profit Sharing
$119.19 - $4,077  
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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$40,932 - $65,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 926
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$8.66 - $26.10  
   
Overtime
$13.36 - $42.92  
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 - $5,062  
   
Profit Sharing
$119.19 - $4,077  
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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$40,932 - $65,603  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 107
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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 $91K per year. The most common career progression for Tax Associates leads to becoming a Senior Tax Accountant, where average pay is $64K annually. However, many Tax Associates also opt to become Tax Accountants. Typically, a Tax Accountant brings home $51K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Associate


PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, EY (Ernst & Young), Mcgladrey, and Grant Thornton Llp are all popular places to work. Moss Adams LLP attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $62K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include PricewaterhouseCoopers, EY (Ernst & Young), and KPMG, LLP, where Tax Associates typically earn around $58K, $58K, or $57K, respectively.

Tax Associates will find the worst pay at Eide Bailly, Llp, where the median salary crawls in at $46K. Furthermore, compensation is curbed at $59K, leaving little room for growth. Bkd, Llp, Grant Thornton Llp and Mcgladrey are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $51K, $56K, and $56K.

Popular Skills for Tax Associate


Tax Associates report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 experienced in Tax Compliance also know Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location


For Tax Associates, New York 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 (+11 percent), Chicago (+7 percent), Seattle (+7 percent), and Boston (+3 percent). Trailing the national average by 13 percent, Pittsburgh is the market with the smallest paychecks. On the whole, employers pay 3 percent below the median salary for those in this field in Charlotte and Atlanta.

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 Compliance
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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 142 votes.

Gender

Female
47 %
Male
53 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
25%
1-4 years
67%
5-9 years
6%
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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