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Highest Paying States for Tax Preparers

The highest paying states for tax preparers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment of tax preparers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $71,870, Massachusetts is the highest paying state for tax preparers. It is followed by Hawaii (average annual salary $55,730). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [1]. For more salary information of tax preparers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Tax Preparers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Massachusetts
$71,870
$41,780 1,440
2 Hawaii
$55,730
$24,510 230
3 Vermont
$53,210
$23,400 140
4 District of Columbia
$52,770
$39,210 200
5 California
$51,170
$24,010 10,590
6 North Dakota
$48,620
$24,300 110
7 Alaska
$47,610
$26,090 240
8 Minnesota
$46,240
$29,810 1,080
9 Connecticut
$46,220
$22,820 690
10 New York
$44,910
$22,310 2,380
11 Oregon
$43,300
$25,900 1,400
12 Nevada
$42,760
$23,710 470
13 Tennessee
$41,400
$17,940 1,310
14 Colorado
$41,020
$19,660 1,140
15 Rhode Island
$39,370
$18,050 250
16 New Jersey
$39,280
$23,270 1,320
17 Delaware
$38,330
$24,250 100
18 Texas
$37,850
$18,740 6,850
19 Utah
$37,820
$20,580 790
20 South Dakota
$37,810
$26,130 260
21 Maryland
$37,300
$18,350 660
22 Wisconsin
$36,960
$21,860 750
23 Guam
$36,780
$28,760 40
24 New Hampshire
$36,530
$19,090 250
25 Kansas
$36,420
$21,790 610
26 Oklahoma
$36,370
$20,580 1,360
27 Montana
$35,570
$18,990 230
28 Georgia
$35,410
$17,440 3,320
29 Ohio
$35,330
$21,600 2,040
30 New Mexico
$34,180
$17,830 340
31 Pennsylvania
$33,690
$17,970 1,750
32 Iowa
$32,920
$19,550 690
33 Nebraska
$32,760
$21,660 210
34 Washington
$32,540
$19,880 1,150
35 Kentucky
$32,330
$18,080 1,060
36 Missouri
$31,740
$20,350 1,240
37 Michigan
$31,440
$18,870 2,440
38 Virginia
$30,550
$18,350 2,200
39 Indiana
$30,140
$18,710 2,020
40 Idaho
$30,030
$17,670 260
41 Arizona
$29,710
$20,390 1,500
42 North Carolina
$29,620
$17,870 1,810
43 Illinois
$29,110
$18,830 3,920
44 Louisiana
$28,770
$19,720 1,050
45 Alabama
$28,520
$17,020 590
46 West Virginia
$26,790
$19,350 310
47 South Carolina
$26,330
$17,230 980
48 Florida
$25,370
$18,200 3,500
49 Wyoming
$24,240
$16,880 50
50 Arkansas
$24,080
$17,750 630
51 Mississippi
$20,790
$16,660 540
52 Puerto Rico
$20,000
$16,120 780
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