The average Tax Preparer in the United States earns approximately $12.18 per hour. With bonuses occasionally running north of $5K, profit sharing proceeds sometimes surpassing $6K, and a few commissions as high as $17K, total income for Tax Preparers can range between $19K and $55K according to individual performance. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — tenure and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most Tax Preparers survey respondents are women (73 percent). Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. About a sixth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,485 - $71,281
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$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,381
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$8.90 - $23.76
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,485 - $71,281  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,082  
Commission
$0.27 - $16,611  
Total Pay (?
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$18,775 - $55,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 222
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.90 - $23.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.83  
Overtime
$12.87 - $32.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,890  
   
Commission
$0.27 - $16,611  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $6,082  
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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$18,775 - $55,146  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 924

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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

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

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 $93K per year. Typical career progression for a Tax Preparer involves becoming an Enrolled Agent or a Senior Tax Accountant, roles that pay $17K more and $36K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., HR Block, and H & R Block are all popular places to work. Although HR Block heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $24K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $87K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Survey results suggest that Tax Preparers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, facility with Intuit QuickBooks, Quickbooks, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 55 percent, 24 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically 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 with a rich background of experience are typically rewarded with larger paychecks. Although individuals who have less than five years' experience earn $25K on average, people with five to 10 years benefit from a notably larger average of $31K. Tax Preparers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $37K. Tax Preparers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $42K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $28,906

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Tax Preparers, Portland provides a pay rate that is 84 percent greater than the national average. Tax Preparers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+41 percent), New York (+37 percent), Cleveland (+35 percent), and Seattle (+31 percent). Pittsburgh is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 14 percent.

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Key Stats for Tax Preparer

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.
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Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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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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National Average
$29,000


Data Entry
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 151 votes.

Gender

Female
73 %
Male
27 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
dental benefits
None: 83%
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