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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 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 Tennessee

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$17,940
25th Percentile Wage
$25,130
50th Percentile Wage
$41,400
75th Percentile Wage
$65,720
90th Percentile Wage
$82,510

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 $82,510. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $41,400. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $17,940.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$8.63
25th Percentile Wage
$12.08
50th Percentile Wage
$19.91
75th Percentile Wage
$31.59
90th Percentile Wage
$39.67

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for tax preparers in Tennessee in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $39.67. The median hourly salary is $19.91. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $8.63.

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
201641,4003.96%36.62%
201539,7609.31%-
201436,06024.85%-
201327,1003.17%-
201226,240--

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 $18,680 to $48,010. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Tennessee is Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin with a median annual salary of $48,010. The second highest paying city/area in Tennessee State is Chattanooga (mean annual salary $41,200). The lowest paying area is North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $18,680.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin
$48,010
Chattanooga
$41,200
Jackson
$29,720
South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$28,740
Knoxville
$28,220
Memphis
$25,980
Western Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$25,330
Clarksville
$24,190
Eastern Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$20,270
North Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area
$18,680


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