Tax Preparer Salary

Average Tax Preparers in the United States make around $12.20 per hour. In the world of Tax Preparers, total cash compensation can vary between $19K and $54K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $5K and $5K, respectively. While experience level and the particular employer impact pay for this group, residence is the most influential factor. Female Tax Preparers make up most of the survey respondents at 72 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Nearly one in six report receiving medical coverage from their employers and less than one in ten collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$19,844 - $71,161
$20K
$40K
$71K
MEDIAN: $40,436
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50%
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$8.92 - $22.70
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$23
MEDIAN: $12.20
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$19,844 - $71,161  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,810  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $5,152  
Commission
$0.23 - $16,851  
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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$18,845 - $54,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 224
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$12$24$36
Hourly Rate
$8.92 - $22.70  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.83  
Overtime
$13.29 - $33.15  
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 - $4,810  
   
Commission
$0.23 - $16,851  
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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$18,845 - $54,136  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 898

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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. Tax Preparers typically move into roles as Enrolled Agents or Senior Tax Accountants, and those positions pay $17K more and $36K more, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Tax Preparers, H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., HR Block, and H & R Block are leading firms in the industry. Although HR Block heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $24K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $17K to $87K.

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Tax Preparers report using a wide range of professional skills. 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. Data Entry and Customer Service, on the other hand, are typically associated with much lower pay. Those familiar with Customer Service also tend to know 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: $29,235

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

For Tax Preparers, working in the bustling city of Portland has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Tax Preparers will also find cushy salaries in San Francisco (+44 percent), Cleveland (+33 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Houston (+26 percent). Pittsburgh is the lowest-paying area, 15 percent south of the national average. Employers in Dallas and San Antonio also lean toward paying below-median salaries (14 percent less).

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Key Stats for Tax Preparer

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.
Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
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%

▲8%




National Average
$29,000


Data Entry
▼30%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 148 votes.

Gender

Female
72 %
Male
28 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
20%
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%