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Tax Preparer Salary

Tax Preparers in the United States can expect wages of $12.08 per hour on average. Bonuses, profit sharing, and commission all factor into final incomes for Tax Preparers. Ranging between $18K near the bottom and $56K near the top, total earnings can include up to $5K from bonuses and up to $10K from profit sharing, with a high-performing minority reaping commissions of $23K. While career length and the specific company impact pay for this group, location is the most influential factor. Most Tax Preparers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Tax Preparers making up 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fifth, and nearly one-tenth earn dental coverage. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$19,302 - $66,114
(Median)
$19K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $38,891
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$8.28 - $22.68
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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.
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,302 - $66,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,897  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,759  
Commission
$103.04 - $23,037  
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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$17,865 - $55,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $22.68  
   
Overtime
$11.96 - $32.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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.
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,897  
   
Commission
$103.04 - $23,037  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,759  
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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$17,865 - $55,535  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,176

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Job Description for Tax Preparer

A tax preparer assists an individual, a company, or organization in setting up and writing an accurate income tax return to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) each year. Preparers must make sure the entity for which the tax forms are being prepared pays the lowest taxes allowed by law; they must do this while ensuring that any deductions, exemptions, or claims adhere to current tax laws.

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Tax Preparer Tasks

  • Examine receipts, paystubs, and other documentation to fill out financial forms.
  • Apply deductions and credits according to regulations.
  • Fill out, complete, and submit tax returns.

Common Career Paths for Tax Preparer


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Tax Preparers may progress into high-paying roles like Tax Manager, where median compensation is $91K annually. Typical career progression for a Tax Preparer involves becoming a Senior Tax Accountant or an Enrolled Agent, roles that pay $34K more and $16K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


Dominating the field, H&R Block, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, H & R Block, and HR Block are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Tax Preparers. For Tax Preparers, comfortable salaries can be found at H & R Block; in fact, average earnings are around $26K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($22K versus $57K) is great.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $30K, Liberty Tax Services, Inc. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $21K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Survey results imply that Tax Preparers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Quickbooks, Bookkeeping, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. Most people experienced in Customer Service also know Tax Compliance and Accounting.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer

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


Tax Preparers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $24K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $32K. Tax Preparers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $40K. Tax Preparers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $47K on average.

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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries






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National Average
$29,000


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 234 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 80%
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