Tax Preparer Salary

Tax Preparers in the United States pull down an average of $12.08 per hour. The range in cash compensation to Tax Preparers (largely between $18K and $56K) includes potential earnings of $5K from bonuses, $10K from profit sharing, and commissions of $23K in exceptional cases. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Tax Preparers is high. Slightly less than one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and roughly a tenth collect dental insurance. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Tax Preparers making up 70 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$19,401 - $68,076
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$19K
$39K
$68K
MEDIAN: $39,431
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$8.28 - $22.82
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$8
$12
$23
MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,401 - $68,076  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,759  
Commission
$309.13 - $23,037  
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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$17,881 - $56,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 348
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $22.82  
   
Overtime
$11.98 - $32.58  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,903  
   
Commission
$309.13 - $23,037  
Profit Sharing
$100.00 - $9,759  
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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$17,881 - $56,102  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,178

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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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As Tax Preparers transition into upper-level roles such as Tax Manager, they may see a strong upturn in salary. Tax Managers earn $91K on average per year. A common career progression for a Tax Preparer is to become a Senior Tax Accountant or an Enrolled Agent. Compared to Tax Preparers, the first group earns $34K more on average, and the second group earns $16K more.

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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 top-notch employers for Tax Preparers in this area. For Tax Preparers, comfortable salaries can be found at H & R Block; in fact, average earnings are around $26K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($21K versus $61K) is great.

Bringing up the rear, Liberty Tax Services, Inc.'s median pay of $21K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $30K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Tax Preparers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Tax Consulting, Bookkeeping, Quickbooks, and Accounting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 16 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Most people who know Customer Service also know 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 and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $24K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $32K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Tax Preparers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $40K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $47K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries




National Average
$29,000


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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 242 votes.

Gender

Female
70 %
Male
30 %

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%