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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 $75,390, District of Columbia is the highest paying state for tax preparers. It is followed by Massachusetts (average annual salary $58,530). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [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 District of Columbia
$75,390
$25,120 160
2 Massachusetts
$58,530
$27,370 1,750
3 Colorado
$57,140
$24,220 1,270
4 California
$54,990
$27,450 10,710
5 Oregon
$53,250
$24,080 980
6 Minnesota
$52,380
$33,290 1,000
7 Hawaii
$48,040
$30,940 210
8 Vermont
$46,850
$23,020 160
9 New York
$45,980
$21,980 2,840
10 New Jersey
$45,910
$29,660 980
11 Maryland
$45,080
$19,130 1,010
12 Texas
$44,330
$19,200 6,730
13 Rhode Island
$44,000
$20,560 160
14 Alaska
$42,730
$23,880 260
15 Missouri
$42,200
$20,610 1,100
16 Oklahoma
$41,110
$21,150 1,410
17 Nevada
$41,080
$31,390 460
18 Tennessee
$40,920
$19,270 1,600
19 South Dakota
$39,880
$26,370 340
20 North Dakota
$39,720
$27,530 160
21 Maine
$39,040
$24,960 360
22 Utah
$38,780
$23,020 810
23 New Hampshire
$37,110
$17,760 240
24 Connecticut
$37,040
$25,500 550
25 Kentucky
$36,670
$18,380 1,330
26 New Mexico
$36,560
$19,310 410
27 Wisconsin
$36,480
$22,580 700
28 Pennsylvania
$36,430
$18,920 2,040
29 Iowa
$36,180
$20,520 570
30 Nebraska
$35,980
$19,460 310
31 Montana
$35,510
$18,820 170
32 Kansas
$35,480
$21,290 670
33 Ohio
$35,410
$21,250 1,780
34 Delaware
$34,400
$21,560 110
35 Arizona
$34,080
$21,150 1,540
36 Washington
$33,740
$22,890 1,080
37 Guam
$33,320
$18,740 70
38 North Carolina
$31,580
$17,940 1,510
39 Michigan
$31,440
$18,870 2,250
40 Indiana
$31,330
$20,410 1,700
41 Georgia
$30,700
$16,980 2,770
42 Arkansas
$30,370
$19,890 720
43 Idaho
$30,140
$19,550 520
44 Louisiana
$29,960
$20,210 1,420
45 Illinois
$29,270
$18,980 4,080
46 Florida
$28,950
$18,730 3,470
47 West Virginia
$28,610
$20,110 320
48 Alabama
$28,500
$17,360 800
49 Virginia
$28,440
$17,230 2,200
50 South Carolina
$26,090
$18,400 900
51 Wyoming
$24,240
$19,810 60
52 Mississippi
$22,070
$16,850 550
53 Puerto Rico
$19,350
$16,310 920
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