Tax Preparer Salary

The average Tax Preparer in the United States earns approximately $12.21 per hour. Total cash incomes of Tax Preparers run from $19K to $55K, depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K, profit sharing that reaches $5K, and some commissions of nearly $17K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by location, but career length and the particular employer are influential factors as well. About a sixth enjoy medical while fewer than one in ten get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to less than one in ten. Most Tax Preparers survey respondents are women (71 percent). Most Tax Preparers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$20,143 - $70,609
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$71K
MEDIAN: $40,355
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$8.92 - $23.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$20,143 - $70,609  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,814  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
Commission
$0.45 - $16,611  
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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$18,870 - $54,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 233
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $23.01  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.83  
Overtime
$12.75 - $33.18  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,814  
   
Commission
$0.45 - $16,611  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
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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$18,870 - $54,519  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 936

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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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Tax Preparers may experience a large salary bump if they progress into a role such as Tax Manager. The latter position pays an average of $93K annually. Typical career progression for a Tax Preparer involves becoming an Enrolled Agent or a Senior Tax Accountant, roles that pay $17K more and $35K more on average.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


Many Tax Preparers can be found at H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., HR Block, and H & R Block, firms that are at the top of the field. Employees of HR Block can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $24K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $17K to $87K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, facility with Intuit QuickBooks, Quickbooks, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 53 percent, 23 percent, and 21 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. Most people skilled in Customer Service are similarly competent in Tax Compliance.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Preparer

Pay by Experience for a Tax Preparer has a positive trend. An entry-level Tax Preparer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $25,000 based on 681 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Tax Preparer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $31,000 based on 286 salaries. An experienced Tax Preparer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 216 salaries. A Tax Preparer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $41,000 based on 130 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $29,303

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

For those looking to make money, Tax Preparers in Portland enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 81 percent above the national average. Tax Preparers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+43 percent), Cleveland (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). Pittsburgh ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers pay around 15 percent less in Dallas and 14 percent less in San Antonio, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Tax Preparer

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

▲40%

▲24%

▲6%

National Average
$29,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
▲53%

▲23%

▲21%

▲7%




National Average
$29,000


Data Entry
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 154 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 82%
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