Average Tax Accountant Salary

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The average salary for a Tax Accountant is $56,288.
MEDIAN $56,288
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$42k - $75k
$506 - $7k
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$984 - $5k
$0 - $13k
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$40k - $78k

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Job Description for Tax Accountant

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.
The top respondents for the job title Tax Accountant are from the companies EY (Ernst & Young), PricewaterhouseCoopers and Moss Adams LLP. Reported salaries are highest at Moss Adams LLP where the average pay is $61,456. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include PricewaterhouseCoopers and Avitus Group, earning around $60,360 and $60,000, respectively. Charter Communications, Inc. pays the lowest at around $49,412. KPMG, LLP and RSM McGladrey Incorporated also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $56,513 and $56,775, respectively.

Career Paths

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Popular Skills for Tax Accountant

Skills in Tax Preparation, Tax Compliance and Tax Consulting are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Intuit QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Tax Accountant

An entry-level Tax Accountant with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $51,008 based on 300 salaries. An early career Tax Accountant with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $54,428 based on 1,622 salaries. A mid-career Tax Accountant with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $63,157 based on 586 salaries. An experienced Tax Accountant with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $64,327 based on 346 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $69,219.
Employees with Tax Accountant in their job title in New York, New York earn an average of 12.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Chicago, Illinois (7.7% more) and Los Angeles, California (6.6% more). The lowest salaries can be found in St. Louis, Missouri (2.1% less).

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