Tax Preparers in the United States can expect wages of $12.19 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing, each hitting highs of $5K, total cash payment to Tax Preparers can bottom out at $19K or peak near $55K. This group's pay is mainly influenced by geographic location, followed by career duration and the particular employer. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Tax Preparers making up 71 percent. For the most part, Tax Preparers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to close to a sixth, and less than 10 percent earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,242 - $68,481
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MEDIAN: $40,022
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$8.84 - $23.53
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,242 - $68,481  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
Commission
$0.40 - $16,126  
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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$18,661 - $55,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 221
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.84 - $23.53  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.70  
Overtime
$12.50 - $32.72  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,954  
   
Commission
$0.40 - $16,126  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,128  
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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$18,661 - $55,027  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 914
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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 who transition into a Tax Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $92K per year. The most common next step for a Tax Preparer is to become an Enrolled Agent or a Senior Tax Accountant. The former position pays an additional $17K per year on average, and the latter position pays $36K 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 some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Tax Preparers. Although H & R Block boasts the highest average salary in town at $25K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $17K or as much as $55K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Tax Preparers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, facility with Intuit QuickBooks, Quickbooks, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 56 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Data Entry and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. It is often found that people who know Customer Service are also skilled in Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer

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


Tax Preparers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $25K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. Tax Preparers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $38K. Tax Preparers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $41K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,726

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San Francisco offers some of the highest pay in the country for Tax Preparers, 74 percent above the national average. Tax Preparers will also find cushy salaries in Cleveland (+35 percent), New York (+34 percent), Seattle (+32 percent), and Houston (+28 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 13 percent below the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are San Antonio (13 percent less) and Chicago (4 percent less).

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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
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Tax Preparation
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Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 141 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 16%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
medical benefits
Vision: 5%
dental benefits
None: 84%
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