Tax Attorney Salary

Wages for Tax Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($102K) per year. Experience level and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of Tax Attorneys claim high levels of job satisfaction. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Generally, women make up less than a third of all Tax Attorneys who answered the questionnnaire. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$58,628 - $202,161
$59K
$100K
$200K
MEDIAN: $101,803
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$24.79 - $122.83
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MEDIAN: $35.49
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Salary
$58,628 - $202,161  
   
Bonus
$3,000 - $50,335  
Profit Sharing
$11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$57,935 - $231,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 191
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Hourly Rate
$35.49  
   
Overtime
$42.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$80K$160K$240K
Bonus
$3,000 - $50,335  
   
Profit Sharing
$11,000  
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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$57,935 - $231,037  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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 narrow range of specific skills. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Legal Research, and Tax Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Tax Compliance. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Attorney

Pay by Experience for a Tax Attorney has a positive trend. An entry-level Tax Attorney with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $81,000 based on 118 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tax Attorney with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $139,000 based on 57 salaries. An experienced Tax Attorney which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $186,000 based on 41 salaries. A Tax Attorney with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $196,000 based on 14 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $103,229

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Tax Attorneys will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 58 percent. Tax Attorneys will also find cushy salaries in Los Angeles (+28 percent), Washington (+27 percent), Houston (+21 percent), and Atlanta (+11 percent). The lowest-paying market is Detroit, which sits 41 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers also pay below the national average in Miami (30 percent lower) and Denver (23 percent lower).

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Key Stats for Tax Attorney

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%
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Experience Affects Tax Attorney Salaries

▲90%

▲80%

▲34%

National Average
$103,000

▼21%

Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries


National Average
$103,000



Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

Gender

Female
27 %
Male
73 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 63%
vision benefits
Vision: 45%
no benefits
None: 19%