Tax preparers

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2019 Workforce
79.9k
Average Age
47.9
Estimated Job Growth
−0.566%
10-year projection
Average Salary
$51,454
Average Male Salary
$64,217
Average Female Salary
$43,730

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 Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments. 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

$51,454
AVERAGE SALARY
± $7,001

In 2019, Tax preparers earned an average of $51,454, $4,070 less than than the average national salary of $55,524.

Loan interviewers & clerks make somewhat more than Tax preparers while Avionics technicians 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

0.565
WAGE GINI

In 2015, Tax preparers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.565, which is higher than than the national average of 0.478. 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

79.9k
2019 Workforce
± 6,938
−16.2%
1 YEAR GROWTH
± 14%

The number of people employed as Tax preparers has been declining at a rate of −16.2%, from 95,313 people in 2018 to 79,909 people in 2019.

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  82.7%, followed by Public finance activities with 4.74% and Securities, commodities, funds, trusts & other financial investments with 1.5%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Tax preparers in the US. The average age of male Tax preparers in the workforce is 46.7 and of female Tax preparers is 48.6, and the most common race/ethnicity for Tax preparers is White (Non-Hispanic).

Gender Composition

30.1k
MALE WORKFORCE
± 4,261
49.8k
FEMALE WORKFORCE
± 5,477

62.3% 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. White (Hispanic)
  3. Black (Non-Hispanic)

61.1% of Tax preparers are White (Non-Hispanic), making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 12.2% of Tax preparers, White (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

46.7
AVERAGE MALE AGE
± 2.5
48.6
AVERAGE FEMALE AGE
± 1.62

The median age of Tax preparers is 47.9, and Male employees are generally 1.88 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

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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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Projections

Projections on job growth for Tax Preparers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The 10-year national workforce is projected to grow 3.71%, but Tax Preparers are expected to see a growth of −0.566% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow less than the national average.

Job Growth

−0.566%
Estimated Job Growth
10-year Projection
3.71%
National Growth
10-year Projection

This line chart shows the projected 10-year growth in the number of jobs for Tax Preparers. This profession is expected to grow less than than 3.71%, the average rate of national job growth.

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