Tax Attorney Salary

Wages for Tax Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($100K) per year. With some bonuses approaching $41K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $49K, overall incomes of Tax Attorneys spread between $55K and $214K depending on individual performance. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. The majority of Tax Attorneys (64 percent) survey respondents are male. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Tax Attorneys. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$55,113 - $197,246

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$55,113 - $197,246  
$0.00 - $40,746  
Profit Sharing
$1,368 - $49,316  
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$55,289 - $213,937  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 243
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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

Tax Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Legal Research can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Legal Research. 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher earnings. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $83K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $141K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Tax Attorneys make a median salary of $168K. 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

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Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries

Tax Consulting

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Tax Compliance
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Legal Research
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Job Satisfaction

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


36 %
64 %

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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 48% employee benefits None: 15%