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 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average 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.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
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|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |