Tax preparers

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Total Workforce

85.1k

Average Age

48.9

Estimated Job Growth

10.7%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$51,189

Average Male Salary

$68,809

Average Female Salary

$40,561

About

Tax preparers are most often employed by the Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services industry. The average yearly wage for Tax preparers was $51,189 in 2016. The top 3 most similar occupations to Tax preparers by wage are Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers, Probation officers & correctional treatment specialists, and Actors.

Tax preparers are part of the Business & financial operations occupations, along with Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, Buyers & purchasing agents, farm products, Wholesale & retail buyers, except farm products, Purchasing agents, except wholesale, retail, & farm products, Claims adjusters, appraisers, examiners, & investigators, Compliance officers, Cost estimators, Human resources workers, Logisticians, Management analysts, Meeting, convention, & event planners, Fundraisers, Compensation, benefits, & job analysis specialists, Training & development specialists, Market research analysts & marketing specialists, Business operations specialists, all other, Accountants & auditors, Appraisers & assessors of real estate, Budget analysts, Credit analysts, Financial analysts, Personal financial advisors, Insurance underwriters, Financial examiners, Credit counselors & loan officers, Tax examiners & collectors, & revenue agents, Tax preparers, and Other financial specialists

The top 3 locations that employ the most Tax preparers are . The top 3 locations with a relatively high concentration of Tax preparers are .

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 false.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$51,189

AVERAGE SALARY

± $5,746

In 2017, Tax preparers earned an average of $51,189, $875 less than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Aircraft structure, surfaces, rigging, & systems assemblers make somewhat more than Tax preparers while Actors 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

0.544

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Tax preparers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.544, 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

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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

Most Common

The most common industries employing Tax preparers, by number of employees, are Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping & payroll services, Public finance activities, and Banking & related activities.

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Industries by Share

85.1k

2017 Workforce

± 7,162

-5.4%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 12.4%

The number of people employed as Tax preparers has been declining at a rate of -5.4%, from 90,008 people in 2016 to 85,148 people in 2017.

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  81.2%, followed by Public finance activities with 3.88% and Banking & related activities with 1.73%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Tax preparers in the US. The average age of male Tax preparers in the workforce is 50.4 and of female Tax preparers is 47.9, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tax preparers is White.

Gender Composition

32k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 4,394

53.1k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 5,657

62.4% 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

  2. Black

  3. Asian

77.2% of Tax preparers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 9.83% of Tax preparers, Black 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

50.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 2.32

47.9

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.59

The median age of Tax preparers is 48.9, and Male employees are generally 2.48 years older 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

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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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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Tax preparers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Tax preparers are expected to see a growth of 10.7% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

10.7%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Tax preparers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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