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Tax Preparer Salary Information in California

The average annual and hourly salaries for tax preparers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of tax preparers amongst California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Tax Preparers in California

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$24,010
25th Percentile Wage
$33,700
50th Percentile Wage
$51,170
75th Percentile Wage
$76,150
90th Percentile Wage
$105,750

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $105,750. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $51,170. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $24,010.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$11.54
25th Percentile Wage
$16.20
50th Percentile Wage
$24.60
75th Percentile Wage
$36.61
90th Percentile Wage
$50.84

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for tax preparers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $50.84. The median hourly salary is $24.60. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $11.54.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201651,1703.01%25.93%
201549,6306.89%-
201446,21010.41%-
201341,4008.45%-
201237,900--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Tax Preparers in California Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of California ranges from $29,210 to $70,380. The highest paying area for tax preparers in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $70,380. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $65,620). The lowest paying area is Vallejo-Fairfield with a median annual salary of $29,210.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$70,380
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$65,620
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$62,260
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$58,160
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$57,190
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$52,560
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$51,800
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$50,840
Bakersfield-Delano
$47,650
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$47,550
Stockton
$47,260
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$46,940
Salinas
$46,360
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$45,810
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$42,880
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$42,510
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$41,530
Fresno
$34,860
Modesto
$31,640
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$30,370
Vallejo-Fairfield
$29,210


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