Tax Preparer Salary

Tax Preparers in the United States take home approximately $12.07 per hour on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $10K, respectively — total cash payment to Tax Preparers can bottom out near $18K or peak near $55K depending on individual performance. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Tax Preparers making up 71 percent. Job satisfaction for Tax Preparers is high. Just under one-fifth report receiving medical coverage from their employers and approximately one in ten collect dental insurance. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$19,556 - $67,278

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$8.28 - $22.44

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$19,556 - $67,278  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,609  
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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$17,910 - $54,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 337
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$11$22$33
Hourly Rate
$8.28 - $22.44  
   
Overtime
$11.92 - $32.68  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,865  
   
Commission
$101.37 - $23,435  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $9,609  
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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$17,910 - $54,784  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 1,203
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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


H&R Block, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, H & R Block, and HR Block are leaders in the field that employ a large number of Tax Preparers. Tax Preparers flock to H & R Block for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $26K lead the pack in compensation; however, H & R Block also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $20K at one end to $56K at the other end.

Pay for Tax Preparers is the lowest at Liberty Tax Services, Inc., which has a median salary of $21K. In addition, there's little room to grow there, with salaries maxing out at $29K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Survey results imply that Tax Preparers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Quickbooks, Accounting, Tax Consulting, and Bookkeeping are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts in pay of 13 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Customer Service. Most people familiar with 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.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. 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. Tax Preparers see a median salary of $40K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of 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 221 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: 10%
vision benefits Vision: 7% employee benefits None: 81%
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