$40,791
Avg. Salary
$12.63
Avg. Hourly Rate

Average additional compensation:

$1,027

Bonus

$1,200

Profit Sharing

$1,670

Commission

What am I worth?
How should I pay?

The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $12.63 per hour.

The average pay for a Tax Preparer is $40,791 per year.

10%
$9.07
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$12.63
50%
$24.44
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MEDIAN $12.63
10%
$19k
10%
$41k
50%
$71k
90%
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MEDIAN $40,791
$19,273 - $71,417
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MEDIAN: $40,791
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$0$71K
Salary $19,273 - $71,417
Bonus $4.93 - $4,880
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,089
Commission $3.30 - $12,180
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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$19,104 - $57,243
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 358
Hourly Data $0$34
Hourly Rate $9.07 - $24.44
Hourly Tips $1.83
Overtime $13.47 - $34.01
Annual Data $0$57K
Bonus $4.93 - $4,880
Commission $3.30 - $12,180
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $13,089
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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$19,104 - $57,243
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 16 May 2019
  • Individuals Reporting: 1,502

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.

Tax Preparer Pay By Employer

$0$36K

H&R Block
156 profiles
$22,573

$22,683

$20,508

$22,880

Common Career Paths for Tax Preparer


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Tax Preparers may progress into high-paying roles like Tax Manager, where median compensation is $93K annually. Career advancement for the typical Tax Preparer often leads to becoming an Enrolled Agent or a Senior Tax Accountant; median salaries in these positions are $16K higher and $35K higher, respectively.

Tax Preparer Job Listings

Popular Skills for Tax Preparer


Survey results suggest that Tax Preparers use a fairly large toolkit 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, 22 percent, and 20 percent, respectively. Those listing Data Entry and Customer Service as skills, on the other hand, should be prepared for drastically lower pay. For most people, competency in Customer Service indicates knowledge of 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

79%

30%

24%

National Average: $29,680

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

Portland is home to an above-average pay rate for Tax Preparers, 81 percent higher than the national average. Tax Preparers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like San Francisco (+43 percent), Cleveland (+32 percent), New York (+32 percent), and Houston (+25 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 15 percent south of the national average, can be found in Pittsburgh. Workers in Dallas and San Antonio earn less than others in this profession; their salaries fall short of the national average by 15 percent.

Tax Preparer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Tax Preparer?

Tax Preparer in Concord:
"Great experience."
Pros: Able to handle money figures, and people of all kinds. I enjoy the team even to the owners I enjoy numbers and to see how they work together with people. I love helping people to.
Cons: There is no bad people and numbers are always good.

Tax Preparer in Lake City:
"Stressful But Rewarding."
Pros: Helping others, teaching, the thank you cards from my clients.
Cons: Too may work hours during busy season with little break or time to recoup. Unreliability of staff.

Tax Preparer in Goodyear:
"Good client service."
Pros: Fellow tax preparers, client service.
Cons: Poor employee relations, ridiculous HR structure, lousy pay, management doesn't understand what's going on in the field.

Tax Preparer in New Caney:
"Study, study, study."
Just keep studying, and passing exams.

Tax Preparer in Cincinnati:
"Taxes."
Pros: What I like most about my job is helping clients understand taxes and recommending the best tax solution for them. I like interacting with clients.
Cons: Some Greedy coworkers.

Tax Preparer in Seal Beach:
"Work culture."
Pros: Meeting new people.
Cons: Stress at work, low pay.

Tax Preparer in Middlesboro:
"Seasonal, office compatibility."
Pros: Helping people, conversations regarding their life.
Cons:

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Key Stats for Tax Preparer

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.
Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

▲38%

▲23%

▲5%

National Average
$30,000

▼16%

Skills That Affect Tax Preparer Salaries

Intuit QuickBooks
▲51%

▲21%

▲19%

▲6%




National Average
$30,000


Data Entry
▼31%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 294 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 15%
dental benefits
Dental: 8%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 84%