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Tax Attorney Salary (United States)

Tax Attorneys receive generous compensation in the United States — earning an average of $105K per year, their standard salaries shoot well into the six-figure range. Overall cash earnings for Tax Attorneys stretch from $57K on the lower end to $211K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $42K from bonuses and $45K from profit sharing. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Work is enjoyable for Tax Attorneys, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and more than half collect dental insurance. The majority of Tax Attorneys (63 percent) survey respondents are male. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
Tax Attorney Salary (?
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$57,259 - $185,038
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National Salary Data

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$57,259 - $185,038  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $41,896  
Profit Sharing
$1,825 - $45,000  
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$56,589 - $211,349  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 220
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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 report a focused set of job skills. Most notably, facility with Tax Consulting, Tax Compliance, and Legal Research are correlated to pay that is above average, leading to increases ranging from 4 percent to 10 percent. For most people, competency in Tax Compliance indicates knowledge of Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Attorney

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Whereas the median salary for inexperienced employees is approximately $138K, incomes in the five-to-10 year group are significantly higher, averaging to the comfortable six-figure sum of $86K. Tax Attorneys claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $173K. Survey respondents who have worked for more than 20 years actually report somewhat lower incomes of $171K.

Pay Difference By Location

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For Tax Attorneys, Houston provides a pay rate that is 48 percent greater than the national average. Tax Attorneys can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Atlanta (+33 percent), Boston (+28 percent), Washington (+14 percent), and Los Angeles (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in New York, 6 percent below the national average.

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Experience Affects Tax Attorney Salaries

Experienced
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Late-Career
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$105,000

Skills That Affect Tax Attorney Salaries

Legal Research
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National Average
$105,000

Job Satisfaction

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Gender

Female
37%
female alumni
 
Male
63%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 85% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 46% employee benefits None: 15%