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Tax Preparer Salary Information in Tennessee

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,270
25th Percentile Wage
$28,070
50th Percentile Wage
$40,920
75th Percentile Wage
$56,890
90th Percentile Wage
$77,870

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $77,870. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $40,920. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,270.

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
$40,920
-1.17% 35.87%
2016
$41,400
3.96% -
2015
$39,760
9.31% -
2014
$36,060
24.85% -
2013
$27,100
3.17% -
2012
$26,240
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some Tennessee cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of Tennessee ranges from $19,220 to $56,680. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Tennessee is Memphis with a median annual salary of $56,680. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin (mean annual salary $42,360). The lowest paying area is North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $19,220.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Memphis
$56,680
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$42,360
Chattanooga
$37,490
Johnson City
$30,920
Knoxville
$30,100
Jackson
$29,720
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$28,740
Clarksville
$26,930
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$25,330
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$20,270
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$19,220




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