Tax Attorney Salary

Salaries for Tax Attorneys in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($99K) per year. In the world of Tax Attorneys, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $214K at the top; this can include more than $41K from bonuses and more than $49K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. There are more male Tax Attorneys than female among those who completed the questionnaire, making up 64 percent. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,389 - $188,819
MEDIAN: $99,383

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$55,389 - $188,819  
$0.00 - $41,020  
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$1,368 - $49,316  
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$55,696 - $213,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Sep 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 254
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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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Tax Attorneys report a focused set of job skills. Those who have experience with Tax Consulting, Legal Research, and Tax Compliance can expect to be compensated well for these skills. It is often found that people who know Tax Compliance are also skilled in Legal Research.

Pay by Experience Level for

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

Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Tax Attorneys. Folks with fewer than five years of experience earn around $83K on average, but respondents who have racked up five to 10 years benefit from a six-figure median of $140K. Tax Attorneys with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $162K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $200K.

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Experience Affects Salaries

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Skills That Affect Salaries

Tax Consulting
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Legal Research
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Tax Compliance
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 23 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: 84% dental benefits Dental: 59%
vision benefits Vision: 45% employee benefits None: 16%