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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
$20,160
25th Percentile Wage
$25,770
50th Percentile Wage
$38,670
75th Percentile Wage
$59,990
90th Percentile Wage
$81,620

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 $81,620. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,670. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid tax preparers is $20,160.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers in the industry sector of professional, scientific, and technical services from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$38,670
6.05% 12.88%
2016
$36,330
0.06% -
2015
$36,310
1.02% -
2014
$35,940
1.70% -
2013
$35,330
4.64% -
2012
$33,690
- -

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

The average salaries of tax preparers in five 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 computer systems design and related services industry with an annual salary $44,960. The lowest paying industry is the legal services industry (annual salary $29,240). For detailed tax preparer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$44,960
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services
$38,830
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$38,670
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services
$36,670
Legal Services
$29,240

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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