Tax Attorney Salary

Tax Attorneys in the United States can look forward to a sizeable six-figure salary — around $99K per year on average. In the world of Tax Attorneys, overall income ranges from $54K near the bottom to $211K at the top; this can include more than $41K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tax Attorneys. Male Tax Attorneys are more prevalent than women among those who took the survey — 63 percent of professionals. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the greater part earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$54,314 - $195,456
(Median)
$54K
$99K
$200K
MEDIAN: $99,245
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$54,314 - $195,456  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $40,798  
Profit Sharing
$1,379 - $48,936  
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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$54,239 - $211,101  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 244
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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


Just a handful of professional skills are reported by Tax Attorneys who took the survey. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Legal Research, and Tax Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people familiar with Tax Compliance also know Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Attorney

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


Tax Attorneys with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. The average beginner in this position makes around $86K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $137K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tax Attorneys make a median salary of $160K. Seasoned workers who boast more than two decades of relevant experience enjoy a median salary of $206K, which is substantially larger than the medians reported by folks with fewer years on their resumes.

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Experience Affects Tax Attorney Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 99%

Experienced
up arrow 55%


National Average
$103,000


Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries

Tax Consulting
up arrow 4%

National Average
$103,000

Tax Compliance
up arrow 1%

Legal Research
up arrow 1%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
37 %
Male
63 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 84% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%
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