Tax Attorney Salary

Tax Attorneys enjoy a hefty income, with average pay passing six figures ($99K) annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Tax Attorneys bottoms out near $55K and approaches $239K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $42K from bonuses and almost $49K from profit sharing. Career length and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. The majority of Tax Attorneys (65 percent) who took the survey are men. Most Tax Attorneys report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$55,167 - $199,382
MEDIAN: $98,557

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$55,167 - $199,382  
$0.00 - $41,820  
Profit Sharing
$1,368 - $49,316  
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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).
$55,394 - $238,562  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 261
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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. Most people who know 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. The relatively untested earn a median of $82K per year, but survey respondents who have racked up five to 10 years of experience report a six-figure median of $135K. Tax Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $160K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $206K on average.

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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 22 votes.


35 %
65 %

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: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 58%
medical benefits
Vision: 44%
dental benefits
None: 18%