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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 among California metropolitan 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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$27,450
25th Percentile Wage
$36,440
50th Percentile Wage
$54,990
75th Percentile Wage
$77,950
90th Percentile Wage
$110,850

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 $110,850. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $54,990. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $27,450.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$54,990
6.95% 31.08%
2016
$51,170
3.01% -
2015
$49,630
6.89% -
2014
$46,210
10.41% -
2013
$41,400
8.45% -
2012
$37,900
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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 $23,050 to $81,710. The highest paying area for tax preparers in California is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward with a median annual salary of $81,710. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont (mean annual salary $69,440). The lowest paying area is Madera-Chowchilla with a median annual salary of $23,050.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$81,710
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$69,440
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$63,860
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$61,860
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$59,080
Visalia-Porterville
$58,040
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$56,430
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$53,370
Stockton
$52,500
Redding
$52,320
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$51,800
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$48,600
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$48,030
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$47,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$47,470
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$46,940
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$44,720
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$42,510
Hanford-Corcoran
$40,210
Bakersfield-Delano
$39,560
Salinas
$38,860
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$36,700
Yuba City
$35,760
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$35,410
Modesto
$31,640
Chico
$31,350
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$29,230
Vallejo-Fairfield
$29,210
Napa
$28,680
Fresno
$27,540
Madera-Chowchilla
$23,050




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