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Tax Preparer Salary Information in Wisconsin

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$22,580
25th Percentile Wage
$27,530
50th Percentile Wage
$36,480
75th Percentile Wage
$51,490
90th Percentile Wage
$63,270

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for tax preparers in Wisconsin in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $63,270. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $36,480. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $22,580.

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
$36,480
-1.32% 4.47%
2016
$36,960
0.00% -
2015
$36,960
-1.70% -
2014
$37,590
4.79% -
2013
$35,790
2.63% -
2012
$34,850
- -

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

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of tax preparers in some Wisconsin cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of tax preparers in state of Wisconsin ranges from $22,270 to $59,360. The highest paying area for tax preparers in Wisconsin is Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington with a median annual salary of $59,360. The second highest paying city/area in Wisconsin State is Wausau (mean annual salary $52,860). The lowest paying area is Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $22,270.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Minneapolis-St Paul-Bloomington
$59,360
Wausau
$52,860
Madison
$51,160
West Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$41,560
Racine
$39,790
Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis
$39,190
Lake County-Kenosha County
$39,050
Southwestern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$38,870
Duluth
$38,340
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$37,360
Janesville
$34,720
Green Bay
$33,870
Fond du Lac
$32,420
La Crosse
$30,480
Oshkosh-Neenah
$28,560
Eastern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$26,260
Appleton
$24,260
Eau Claire
$23,110
Northern Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area
$22,270




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