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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 — which occasionally include more than $42K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing — stretch from around $55K to approximately $214K. 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 more than half collect dental insurance. Most people who answered the questionnaire are men; 63 percent of Tax Attorneys are male. For the most part, Tax Attorneys enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$55,518 - $194,904
MEDIAN: $99,416

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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
$55,518 - $194,904  
$0.00 - $42,494  
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).
$55,211 - $214,276  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 247

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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 takers who work as Tax Attorneys usually report a few specific skills. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Legal Research can expect to be compensated well for these skills. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Attorney

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

For many Tax Attorneys, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. Workers in their first five years can expect to earn $87K, but people who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably bigger sum of $129K. Tax Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $169K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $203K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries

Tax Compliance

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 28 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: 86% dental benefits Dental: 60%
vision benefits Vision: 47% employee benefits None: 13%