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Tax Preparer Salary in Sector of Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

The salary statistics of tax preparers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare tax preparer salaries in different industries within the professional, scientific, and technical services sector.

Average Annual Salary of Tax Preparers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,580
25th Percentile Wage
$24,460
50th Percentile Wage
$36,330
75th Percentile Wage
$57,690
90th Percentile Wage
$80,040

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tax preparers is $80,040. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,330. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid tax preparers is $19,580.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201636,3300.06%7.27%
201536,3101.02%-
201435,9401.70%-
201335,3304.64%-
201233,690--

Compare Tax Preparer Salary in Different Industries within the Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services Sector

The average salaries of tax preparers in four industries in the professional, scientific, and technical services sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for tax preparer occupations is the legal services industry with an annual salary $61,700. The lowest paying industry is the professional, scientific, and technical services industry (annual salary $36,330). For detailed tax preparer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Legal Services
$61,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$38,210
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$36,390
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$36,330

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].



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