Tax Preparer Salary

The average Tax Preparer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $12.12 per hour. Overall incomes of Tax Preparers — including $5K bonuses, $7K profit sharing proceeds, and $16K commissions on the more lucrative end — generally ranges between $18K and $55K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — years of experience and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Most Tax Preparers survey respondents are women (71 percent). Just under one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one-tenth collect dental insurance. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,562 - $66,578
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$39K
$67K
MEDIAN: $39,166
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$8.53 - $22.76
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,562 - $66,578  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,937  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
Commission
$24.83 - $16,107  
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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$18,263 - $54,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 346
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.53 - $22.76  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.83  
Overtime
$12.08 - $32.85  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,937  
   
Commission
$24.83 - $16,107  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $7,213  
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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$18,263 - $54,943  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,275
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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 $92K on average per year. Tax Preparers most often move into positions as Enrolled Agents or Senior Tax Accountants; those groups report median salaries that are $17K higher and $35K higher, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., H & R Block, and HR Block are among the top companies that take on many Tax Preparers. H & R Block offers the largest salaries in town ($25K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $20K to $54K.

Offering a median salary of only $21K, Liberty Tax Services, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $17K to $30K isn't that wide, either.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Tax Preparers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Accounting, Quickbooks, Bookkeeping, and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 11 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Customer Service. Those proficient in Customer Service are, more often than not, 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.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Tax Preparers. 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 $31K on average — a distinctly larger sum. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $38K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $43K.

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Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries




National Average
$29,000


Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries






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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 222 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
39%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 18%
dental benefits
Dental: 10%
medical benefits
Vision: 7%
dental benefits
None: 81%
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