Tax Preparer Salary

The average Tax Preparer in the United States earns approximately $12.18 per hour. In the world of Tax Preparers, overall cash earnings stretch from $19K near the bottom to $55K near the top; these packages encompass bonuses that run close to $5K and profit sharing that can (albeit rarely) exceed $6K, along with commissions approaching $17K. Geography is the main element affecting pay for this group — experience level and the specific company are driving factors as well. Female Tax Preparers make up most of the survey respondents at 70 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to slightly less than a fifth, and less than one-tenth earn dental coverage. For the most part, Tax Preparers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$20,965 - $72,783
$21K
$41K
$73K
MEDIAN: $40,755
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90%

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$9.02 - $23.90
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$24
MEDIAN: $12.36
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$0$72K
Salary $20,965 - $72,783
Bonus $0.00 - $4,804
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,544
Commission $97.87 - $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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$19,106 - $58,021
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 236
Hourly Data $0$33
Hourly Rate $9.02 - $23.90
Hourly Tips $1.83
Overtime $14.34 - $33.82
Annual Data $0$58K
Bonus $0.00 - $4,804
Commission $97.87 - $16,851
Profit Sharing $0.00 - $14,544
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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$19,106 - $58,021
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 12 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 890

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 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 Employer Salaries for Tax Preparer


H&R Block, Jackson Hewitt Tax Services, Inc, Liberty Tax Services, Inc., HR Block, and H & R Block are top-notch employers for Tax Preparers in this area. 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


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

National Average: $29,762

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 New York:
"Flexible."
Pros: Flexibility, independence, research.
Cons: Long hours.

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 172 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Experience Affects Tax Preparer Salaries

▲38%

▲22%

▲4%

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 172 votes.

Gender

Female
71 %
Male
29 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 17%
dental benefits
Dental: 9%
vision benefits
Vision: 6%
no benefits
None: 83%