Tax Attorney Salary

Tax Attorneys in the United States can expect to earn a very comfortable salary, with average salaries (in the ballpark of $99K) surpassing six figures annually. Total cash compensation to Tax Attorneys bottoms out near $54K and approaches $212K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $41K from bonuses and almost $49K from profit sharing. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Tax Attorneys is high. A large number enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little less than half. Men account for the majority of Tax Attorneys who responded to the questionnaire — 64 percent to be exact. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,059 - $195,974
MEDIAN: $99,415

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$54,059 - $195,974  
$0.00 - $40,906  
Profit Sharing
$1,368 - $49,316  
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$53,950 - $211,830  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 241
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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 typically list a handful of skills they use on the job. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Legal Research, and Tax Compliance 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.

In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. In this occupation, salaries for the relatively untested average out to $86K, but folks in the five-to-10 year range enjoy a much heftier median of $137K. Tax Attorneys bring in $162K after working for 10 to 20 years. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $206K.

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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: 85% dental benefits Dental: 58%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%