The salary statistics of tax preparers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of tax preparers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The tax preparers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage|| |
|25th Percentile Wage|| |
|50th Percentile Wage|| |
|75th Percentile Wage|| |
|90th Percentile Wage|| |
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) tax preparers is $80,250. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $36,550. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,600. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 309% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2016.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||4-Year Growth|
The average salaries of tax preparers in 6 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for tax preparers occupations is the management of companies and enterprises sector with an annual salary $62,390. The lowest paying sector is the health care and social assistance sector (annual salary $29,800).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
From the above tables we note that not only tax preparers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of tax preparers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $20,000 to $71,870. The highest paying state for tax preparers is Massachusetts with a median annual salary of $71,870. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $20,000. For more salary information of tax preparers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.
|State Name||Median Annual Salary|
|District of Columbia|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New York|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |