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 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$20,170|
|25th Percentile Wage||$25,800|
|50th Percentile Wage||$38,730|
|75th Percentile Wage||$60,080|
|90th Percentile Wage||$81,740|
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 $81,740. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $38,730. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $20,170. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 305% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of tax preparers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
The average salaries of tax preparers in 10 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 $61,550. The lowest paying sector is the other services (except federal, state, and local government) sector (annual salary $22,210).
|Industry Sector||Median Annual Salary|
|Management of Companies and Enterprises|| |
|Wholesale Trade|| |
|Finance and Insurance|| |
|Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services|| |
|Federal, State, and Local Government|| |
|Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services|| |
|Health Care and Social Assistance|| |
|Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)|| |
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 $19,350 to $75,390. The highest paying state for tax preparers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $75,390. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $19,350. 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|| |
|New York|| |
|New Jersey|| |
|Rhode Island|| |
|South Dakota|| |
|North Dakota|| |
|New Hampshire|| |
|New Mexico|| |
|North Carolina|| |
|West Virginia|| |
|South Carolina|| |
|Puerto Rico|| |