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Tax Preparer Salary Information in North Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for tax preparers in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of tax preparers amongst North Carolina 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Tax Preparers in North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,870
25th Percentile Wage
$22,060
50th Percentile Wage
$29,620
75th Percentile Wage
$42,110
90th Percentile Wage
$77,030

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $77,030. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $29,620. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,870.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$8.59
25th Percentile Wage
$10.61
50th Percentile Wage
$14.24
75th Percentile Wage
$20.25
90th Percentile Wage
$37.03

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for tax preparers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $37.03. The median hourly salary is $14.24. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $8.59.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201629,620-5.30%-4.83%
201531,190-21.61%-
201437,9302.00%-
201337,17016.46%-
201231,050--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Tax Preparers in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of North Carolina ranges from $18,090 to $42,820. The highest paying area for tax preparers in North Carolina is Greensboro-High Point with a median annual salary of $42,820. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Wilmington (mean annual salary $40,330). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $18,090.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Greensboro-High Point
$42,820
Wilmington
$40,330
Asheville
$39,760
Durham-Chapel Hill
$38,170
Raleigh-Cary
$33,600
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$29,510
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$28,750
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$26,250
Winston-Salem
$22,390
Jacksonville
$21,860
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$19,990
Fayetteville
$18,270
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$18,090


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