Senior Tax Accountant Salary

An average Senior Tax Accountant in the United States can expect to take home roughly $71K annually. In the world of Senior Tax Accountants, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $6K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $58K and $93K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is residence, though the specific employer and tenure have a (lesser) impact as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Senior Tax Accountants. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Women Senior Tax Accountants who took the survey just slightly outnumber men. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.

$57,028 - $87,513
$57K
$71K
$88K
MEDIAN: $70,885
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$19.96 - $48.18
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$0$92K
Salary $57,028 - $87,513
Bonus $996 - $9,984
Profit Sharing $511 - $5,324
Commission $900
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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$57,556 - $92,945
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,106
Hourly Data $0$54
Hourly Rate $19.96 - $48.18
Overtime $25.86 - $54.61
Annual Data $0$92K
Bonus $996 - $9,984
Commission $900
Profit Sharing $511 - $5,324
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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$57,556 - $92,945
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 68

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Job Description for Senior Tax Accountant

Senior tax accountants provide an important managerial role in producing tax returns for individual clients as well as businesses. They preside over a team of tax accountant specialists to make sure that the proper amount is being paid by clients to the IRS, state, and local governments. Senior tax accountants must work to ensure that a client pays what is due without overpaying or underpaying. They must have a keen understanding of all tax laws, which change from year to year.

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Senior Tax Accountant Tasks

  • Prepare tax returns and reports, maintain records, analyze and research complex tax issues.
  • Provides support during audits.
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal regulations.
  • Analyze tax regulations and recommend policies that minimize tax burden.

Common Career Paths for Senior Tax Accountant


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Senior Tax Accountants do not often transition into Tax Director roles. The role averages $160K per year. When Senior Tax Accountants are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Tax Managers or Senior Tax Managers. Those roles pay an additional $20K and $50K, respectively.

Senior Tax Accountant Job Listings

Popular Employer Salaries for Senior Tax Accountant


Known for taking on a considerable number of Senior Tax Accountants, EY (Ernst & Young), KPMG, LLP, Grant Thornton Llp, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and BDO Seidman, LLP are leading firms in the industry. Employees at PricewaterhouseCoopers enjoy the biggest paychecks, and $80K is the median salary. Range in pay, on the other hand, is narrow, with lower figures hovering around $66K and higher ones not far away at only $91K. Soaring salaries can also be found at KPMG, LLP, RSM McGladrey Incorporated, and Grant Thornton Llp, where earnings of $79K, $76K, or $75K are standard for Senior Tax Accountants.

Workers at BDO Seidman, LLP, Crowe, Chizek and Company LLP, and EY (Ernst & Young) also face smaller salaries than the rest of the field — average earnings for these employers come to $63K, $67K, and $70K respectively.

Popular Skills for Senior Tax Accountant


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Legal Research, Research Analysis, Microsoft Word, and Sales Tax Reports are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Accounting, Financial Analysis, and Quickbooks. Most people skilled in Tax Compliance are similarly competent in Tax Consulting and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Senior Tax Accountant

Pay by Experience for a Senior Tax Accountant has a positive trend. An entry-level Senior Tax Accountant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $69,000 based on 667 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Senior Tax Accountant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $74,000 based on 469 salaries. An experienced Senior Tax Accountant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $78,000 based on 209 salaries. A Senior Tax Accountant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 68 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,169

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

For those looking to make money, Senior Tax Accountants in New York enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 13 percent above the national average. Senior Tax Accountants can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Denver (+5 percent), and Philadelphia (+5 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Buffalo Senior Tax Accountants earning much less — 27 percent less — than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Minneapolis and Atlanta (8 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Senior Tax Accountant

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.
Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Senior Tax Accountant Salaries

▲7%

▲6%

▲2%

National Average
$73,000

▼5%

Skills That Affect Senior Tax Accountant Salaries







National Average
$73,000

Tax Compliance
▼1%


Tax Consulting
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼2%


Auditing
▼6%

▼7%

Financial Analysis
▼7%

▼9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 178 votes.

Gender

Female
52 %
Male
48 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
0%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
34%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
6%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 84%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
no benefits
None: 13%
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