Tax Preparer Salary

Median pay for Tax Preparers in the United States is around $12.07 per hour. Cash earnings of Tax Preparers — including $5K in bonuses, $10K in profit sharing proceeds, and $23K in commissions near the top of the pay scale — stretch from approximately $18K to approximately $55K depending on individual performance. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is geographic location, though experience level and the particular employer have a (lesser) impact as well. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than one-fifth, and roughly one in ten earn dental coverage. Most Tax Preparers survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most Tax Preparers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,312 - $66,114
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$19K
$39K
$66K
MEDIAN: $39,010
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$8.27 - $22.49
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,312 - $66,114  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,852  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,658  
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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$17,823 - $55,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 339
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.27 - $22.49  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $32.66  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,852  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $23,435  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,658  
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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$17,823 - $55,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,196
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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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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


Tax Preparers flock to H&R Block, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, H & R Block, and HR Block, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. H & R Block offers the largest salaries in town ($26K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $20K to $56K.

Liberty Tax Services, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $21K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $17K and $30K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Survey results show that Tax Preparers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Quickbooks, Accounting, Tax Consulting, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 12 percent and 14 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in 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. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $24K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $31K. For Tax Preparers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $40K. 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 $46K.

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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 224 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 19% dental benefits Dental: 11%
vision benefits Vision: 8% employee benefits None: 80%
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