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Tax Preparer Salary Information in Pennsylvania

The average annual and hourly salaries for tax preparers in the state of Pennsylvania are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of tax preparers among Pennsylvania metropolitan 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 Pennsylvania

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$18,920
25th Percentile Wage
$26,590
50th Percentile Wage
$36,430
75th Percentile Wage
$54,310
90th Percentile Wage
$70,970

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in Pennsylvania in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $70,970. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,430. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $18,920.

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
$36,430
7.52% 17.79%
2016
$33,690
-9.74% -
2015
$36,970
8.87% -
2014
$33,690
9.53% -
2013
$30,480
1.74% -
2012
$29,950
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Tax Preparers in Pennsylvania Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some Pennsylvania cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of Pennsylvania ranges from $18,680 to $53,380. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Pennsylvania is Harrisburg-Carlisle with a median annual salary of $53,380. The second highest paying city/area in Pennsylvania State is Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton (mean annual salary $49,980). The lowest paying area is Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $18,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Harrisburg-Carlisle
$53,380
Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton
$49,980
Philadelphia
$47,000
State College
$42,780
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington
$39,420
Erie
$38,100
York-Hanover
$37,240
Lancaster
$36,890
Scranton--Wilkes-Barre
$36,380
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman
$35,040
Pittsburgh
$34,620
Far Western Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$30,770
Newark-Union
$28,830
West Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$25,150
Reading
$23,280
Altoona
$22,010
East Central Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$19,610
Northeastern Pennsylvania nonmetropolitan area
$18,680




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