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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,940
25th Percentile Wage
$21,220
50th Percentile Wage
$31,580
75th Percentile Wage
$67,870
90th Percentile Wage
$99,660

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 $99,660. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $31,580. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,940.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$31,580
6.21% 1.68%
2016
$29,620
-5.30% -
2015
$31,190
-21.61% -
2014
$37,930
2.00% -
2013
$37,170
16.46% -
2012
$31,050
- -

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 $92,500. The highest paying area for tax preparers in North Carolina is Raleigh-Cary with a median annual salary of $92,500. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Asheville (mean annual salary $43,400). The lowest paying area is Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $18,090.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Raleigh-Cary
$92,500
Asheville
$43,400
Durham-Chapel Hill
$37,790
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$28,750
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$26,800
Wilmington
$24,240
Winston-Salem
$24,080
Greensboro-High Point
$22,950
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$22,230
Jacksonville
$21,860
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$21,810
Fayetteville
$18,270
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$18,090




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