Tax Attorney Salary

Average pay for a Tax Attorney in the United States is considerable, rounding six figures at $99K per year. Cash earnings for Tax Attorneys — including $41K in bonuses and $49K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $54K to $215K depending on individual performance. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Tax Attorneys who responded to the survey are more common than women; more than half (63 percent) are men. For the most part, Tax Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly less than half.

$54,399 - $193,356
MEDIAN: $99,077

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$54,399 - $193,356  
$0.00 - $41,083  
Profit Sharing
$1,379 - $48,936  
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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).
$54,161 - $214,770  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 235

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Job Description for Tax Attorney

A tax attorney is a lawyer whose specializes in guiding clients through the intricacies of tax law to help them to make the best possible financial and legal decisions. Corporations may have a tax attorney as part of their legal team to advise them and prevent them from making any expensive revenue-reporting mistakes. Many larger law firms also keep general tax attorneys on staff to assist individual clients either with proactive advice on financial matters or with revenue service inquiries or hearings. Tax attorneys also provide counsel and legal representation for clients who are undergoing an audit or face penalties or legal proceedings (such as those regarding past tax payments). In these cases, the tax attorney must provide the best possible advice for the client and help negotiate the most favorable settlement possible.


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Popular Skills for Tax Attorney

Survey results show that Tax Attorneys typically report just a few professional skills. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Legal Research, and Tax Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. For most people, competency in Tax Compliance indicates knowledge of Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $88K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $126K. On average, Tax Attorneys make $172K following one to two decades on the job. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $197K.

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Experience Affects Tax Attorney Salaries

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Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries

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Legal Research
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Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.


37 %
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 14%