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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 among 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Tax Preparers in Washington

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$19,880
25th Percentile Wage
$25,430
50th Percentile Wage
$32,540
75th Percentile Wage
$43,430
90th Percentile Wage
$62,590

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 $62,590. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $32,540. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $19,880.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$9.56
25th Percentile Wage
$12.22
50th Percentile Wage
$15.65
75th Percentile Wage
$20.88
90th Percentile Wage
$30.09

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for tax preparers in Washington in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $30.09. The median hourly salary is $15.65. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $9.56.

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
201632,540-0.61%6.67%
201532,7406.41%-
201430,6402.58%-
201329,850-1.74%-
201230,370--

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 $28,860 to $51,940. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Washington is Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro with a median annual salary of $51,940. The second highest paying city/area in Washington State is Tacoma (mean annual salary $36,000). The lowest paying area is Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $28,860.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro
$51,940
Tacoma
$36,000
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue
$34,500
Seattle-Bellevue-Everett
$34,400
Bremerton-Silverdale
$34,090
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland
$32,490
Bellingham
$29,970
Northwestern Washington nonmetropolitan area
$28,860


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