With a median pay of $67K, WTAS, LLC Tax Associates make much more than the national average ($56K per year) for those in this field. Those in search of high salaries should also consider KPMG, LLP, Moss Adams LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young), top-paying firms where Tax Associates rake in a comfortable $61K, $61K, or $60K, respectively. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$46,781 - $68,836
(Median)
$47K
$56K
$69K
MEDIAN: $55,758
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$9.15 - $26.74
(Median)
$9
$17
$27
MEDIAN: $17.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$46,781 - $68,836  
   
Bonus
$483.39 - $5,651  
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,962  
Total Pay (?
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$41,337 - $69,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 869
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$9.15 - $26.74  
   
Overtime
$19.74 - $43.20  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$483.39 - $5,651  
   
Profit Sharing
$394.53 - $3,962  
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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$41,337 - $69,817  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 112
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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 sometimes assume positions such as Senior Tax Managers. That role pays $123K per year on average. 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


Tax Associates report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. 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 8 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Quickbooks and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Tax Compliance are, more often than not, also skilled in Accounting.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $55,766

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, 18 percent above the national average. Tax Associates will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+12 percent), New York (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), and Seattle (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Indianapolis, 9 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (7 percent less) and Atlanta (4 percent less).

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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
$56,000


Skills That Affect Tax Associate Salaries

Legal Research
up arrow 54%


Tax Compliance
up arrow 3%

Tax Preparation
0%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$56,000

Accounting
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 12%

Quickbooks
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 91 votes.

Gender

Female
48 %
Male
52 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
28%
1-4 years
64%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
2%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 13%
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