Tax Preparer Salary (United States)

Tax Preparers in the United States pull down an average of $11.81 per hour. The pay spectrum stretches from $8.12 per hour to $22.35. Overall incomes of Tax Preparers—including $4,862 bonuses, $10,101 profit sharing proceeds, and $18,071 commissions on the more lucrative end—ranges between $17,377 and $56,043. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geographic location, followed by tenure and the specific company. Medical benefits are awarded to about one in five, and 12 percent earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Tax Preparers is high. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
Tax Preparer Salary (?
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$20,154 - $68,131
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MEDIAN: $39,888
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Tax Preparer Salary (?
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$8.12 - $22.35
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National Salary Data

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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$20,154 - $68,131  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,862  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $10,101  
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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$17,377 - $56,043  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 356
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.12 - $22.35  
   
Overtime
$12.04 - $33.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,862  
   
Commission
$150.00 - $18,071  
Profit Sharing
$50.68 - $10,101  
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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$17,377 - $56,043  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 1,232
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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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For Tax Preparers, career advancement has a positively large impact on pay. Approaching the top of the pay scale, a Tax Manager will earn $61K more than someone not as far along in their career. It is quite typical for Tax Preparers to transition into roles as Senior Tax Accountants or Staff Accountants, where expected earnings are an additional $34K or $14,391 per year.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer

HR Block offers the largest salaries in town—$24,170 on average—but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $16,526 to $88K) creates a rather varied pay scale.
With a median salary of $20,291, Liberty Tax Services, Inc. provides Tax Preparers with the lowest pay in their field; moreover, earnings are capped at only $27K, limiting employee salary growth. Also sliding in at the lower end of the scale are H&R Block ($21,114) and Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc ($21,621).

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer

Tax Preparers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Quickbooks, Bookkeeping, and Tax Compliance are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts of 18 percent, 16 percent, 12 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. The majority of those who know Customer Service also know 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 lot of experience tend to enjoy higher salaries. At career start, salaries are typically $24K, which grows to $33K after five to 10 years. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $39,968. Tax Preparers experience solid salary growth after working for two decades, bringing in around $49K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 17 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 12 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining less than 10 percent. One to nine years of experience is standard for most employees in this area; more than half of respondents fit between this range.

Pay Difference By Location

San Francisco
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New York
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Los Angeles
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Portland
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Santa Rosa
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Lincoln
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Chicago
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National Average
$29,000
Memphis
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San Antonio
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For those looking to make money, Tax Preparers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 81 percent above the national average. Tax Preparers will also find cushy salaries in New York (+40 percent), Los Angeles (+33 percent), San Diego (+30 percent), and Portland (+13 percent). Place of residency plays a huge part in a Tax Preparer's salary, with Houston Tax Preparers earning salaries that are 34 percent less than the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in San Antonio (-17 percent) and Memphis (-13 percent).

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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

Job Satisfaction

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Rated 5 out of 5 based on 288 votes.

Gender

Female
69%
female alumni
 
Male
31%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
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: 80%
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