Tax Preparer Salary (United States)

The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $11.80 per hour. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this career. Skills that are associated with high pay for this job are Tax Consulting, Quickbooks, Tax Compliance, and Bookkeeping. Experience strongly influences income for this job.
Tax Preparer Total Pay (?
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$20,336 - $67,604
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MEDIAN: $39,897
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Tax Preparer Total Pay (?
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$8.11 - $22.48
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MEDIAN: $11.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,336 - $67,604  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,869  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $10,067  
Commission
$150.00 - $18,071  
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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$17,366 - $56,240  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,645
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.11 - $22.48  
   
Overtime
$12.13 - $33.49  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,869  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $18,071  
Profit Sharing
$51.06 - $10,067  
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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$17,366 - $56,240  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,645
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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.
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Pay Difference By Location
San Francisco
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New York
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Los Angeles
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San Diego
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Portland
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Oklahoma City
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Santa Rosa
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Chicago
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$29,000
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San Antonio
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Rochester
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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

National Average
$29,000

Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Tax Preparation
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National Average
$29,000
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Gender
Female
70%
female alumni
 
Male
30%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
10%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 20% dental benefits Dental: 12%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 79%
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