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Tax Preparer Salary Information in Washington

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,890
25th Percentile Wage
$25,040
50th Percentile Wage
$33,740
75th Percentile Wage
$45,840
90th Percentile Wage
$62,810

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $62,810. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $33,740. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,890.

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
$33,740
3.56% 9.99%
2016
$32,540
-0.61% -
2015
$32,740
6.41% -
2014
$30,640
2.58% -
2013
$29,850
-1.74% -
2012
$30,370
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some Washington cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of Washington ranges from $23,410 to $64,290. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Washington is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $64,290. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Seattle-Bellevue-Everett (mean annual salary $36,360). The lowest paying area is Spokane with a median annual salary of $23,410.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$64,290
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$36,360
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$35,800
Bremerton-Silverdale
$34,090
Eastern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$33,650
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$32,490
Bellingham
$29,970
Tacoma
$29,660
Yakima
$29,650
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$28,860
Olympia
$27,700
Spokane
$23,410




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