Tax Preparer Salary

An average Tax Preparer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $12.09 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Tax Preparers (largely between $18K and $55K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $10K from profit sharing, and commissions of $23K in exceptional cases. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level and the specific company. Job satisfaction for Tax Preparers is high. Slightly less than one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and close to a tenth collect dental insurance. Most Tax Preparers survey respondents are women (70 percent). The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,241 - $65,260
(Median)
$19K
$39K
$65K
MEDIAN: $38,857
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$8.27 - $22.58
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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$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$19,241 - $65,260  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,852  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,609  
Commission
$101.37 - $23,435  
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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$17,821 - $54,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 338
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $22.58  
   
Overtime
$11.93 - $32.61  
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 - $4,852  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $23,435  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,609  
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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$17,821 - $54,879  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,192
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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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At the upper end, Tax Preparers who move into a Tax Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Tax Managers is a much higher $91K per year. The most common next step for a Tax Preparer is to become a Senior Tax Accountant or an Enrolled Agent. The former position pays an additional $35K per year on average, and the latter position pays $16K more per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


H&R Block, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, H & R Block, and HR Block are all popular places to work. Employees of H & R Block can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $26K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $20K to $56K.

Offering a median salary of only $21K, Liberty Tax Services, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $17K to $30K isn't that wide, either.

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 11 percent and 14 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Customer Service. The majority of those who know 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Tax Preparers. Respondents with less than five years' experience take home $24K on average. In contrast, those who have been around for five to 10 years earn a noticeably higher average of $32K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $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 $46K 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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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 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: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 80%
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