Salary Survey Shows Pay for Tax Professionals

Senior tax accountant averages $99k. More: City-by-city details.

By CPA Trendlines

Tax professionals know just about every detail of their clients' lives, but how much do tax professionals earn?

Korn Ferry, the executive recruiters, think they know. And they're spilling the beans.

Using what they call the world's largest such database, Korn Ferry pegs the U.S. national average of tax professional annual salaries at:

  • Tax analyst (1-2 years experience): $60,050
  • Intermediate tax accountant (2-4 years experience) $66,969
  • Senior tax accountant (6+ years experience) $99,625

Korn Ferry researchers also analyzed average annual salaries for tax professionals in major cities across the United States:

City Level Pay
Atlanta
Tax analyst $59,175
Intermediate tax accountant $66,006
Senior tax accountant $100,093
Boston
Tax analyst $70,788
Intermediate tax accountant $78,777
Senior tax accountant $116,085
Chicago
Tax analyst $65,769
Intermediate tax accountant $73,258
Senior tax accountant $108,509
Dallas
Tax analyst $60,634
Intermediate tax accountant $67,611
Senior tax accountant $103,927
Denver
Tax analyst $63,318
Intermediate tax accountant $70,563
Senior tax accountant $104,769
Minneapolis
Tax analyst $64,252
Intermediate tax accountant $71,590
Senior tax accountant $105,049
New York
Tax analyst $71,780
Intermediate tax accountant $79,868
Senior tax accountant $121,041
Philadelphia
Tax analyst $64,427
Intermediate tax accountant $71,782
Senior tax accountant $107,481
San Francisco
Tax analyst $76,273
Intermediate tax accountant $84,810
Senior tax accountant $125,530

“Being a tax professional is a big job as their clients entrust them to understand all aspects of the tax code and to give the best advice on financial matters beyond simply filing tax returns,” said Korn Ferry Senior Client Partner Tom McMullen. “Our analysis shows that as they gain more experience, work on a variety and more complex tax matters as well as advising and influencing their customers, they are rewarded accordingly.”