Tax preparers

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Total Workforce
95.3k
Average Age
47.7
Average Salary
$52,252
Average Male Salary
$62,729
Average Female Salary
$46,396

Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Tax preparers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services is the industry that employs the most Tax preparers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Tax preparers, by average wage, is Management, scientific & technical consulting services. Tax preparers are paid most in Vienna Town, Oakton & Fair Oaks (East) PUMA, VA but are relatively concentrated in Rapides & Vernon Parishes PUMA, LA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$52,252
AVERAGE SALARY
± $5,352

In 2018, Tax preparers earned an average of $52,252, $1,637 less than than the average national salary of $53,888.

Heavy vehicle & mobile equipment service technicians & mechanics make somewhat more than Tax preparers while Metal furnace operators, tenders, pourers, & casters make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Tax preparers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.525
WAGE GINI

In 2018, Tax preparers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.525, which is higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly for Tax preparers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Tax preparers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Tax preparers.

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Industries

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Industries by Share

95.3k
2018 Workforce
± 7,577
11.9%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 10.3%

The number of people employed as Tax preparers has been growing at a rate of 11.9%, from 85,148 people in 2017 to 95,313 people in 2018.

This graphic shows the share of Tax preparers employed by various industries. Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services employs the largest share of Tax preparers at  82%, followed by Public finance activities with 4.59% and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments with 1.27%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Tax preparers in the US. The average age of male Tax preparers in the workforce is 47.6 and of female Tax preparers is 47.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tax preparers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

34.2k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,538
61.1k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 6,069

64.1% of Tax preparers are Female, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Tax preparers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Tax preparers
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
  2. Black (Non-Hispanic)
  3. White (Hispanic)

64.2% of Tax preparers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.8% of Tax preparers, Black (Non-Hispanic) is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Tax preparers.

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Age by Gender

47.6
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.38
47.8
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.42

The median age of Tax preparers is 47.7, and Male employees are generally 0.19 years younger than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Tax preparers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Tax preparers is Business but a relatively high number of Tax preparers hold a major in Business.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degree-majorss. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree-majors obtained.
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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Tax preparers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tax preparers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension, Active Listening, and Critical Thinking. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Tax preparers need more than the average amount of Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Active Listening.

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