Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2010

13-2082 Tax Preparers

Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses. Excludes "Accountants and Auditors" (13-2011).


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
56,990 3.5 % $17.82 $37,060 1.5 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $8.83 $10.88 $14.90 $22.30 $30.95
Annual Wage (2) $18,360 $22,620 $30,990 $46,390 $64,380


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 55,800 6.62 $17.74 $36,910
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.03 $18.69 $38,870
Other Financial Investment Activities 300 0.09 $22.45 $46,700
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $27.58 $57,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 0.01 $23.53 $48,940

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 55,800 6.62 $17.74 $36,910
Other Financial Investment Activities 300 0.09 $22.45 $46,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.03 $18.69 $38,870
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $27.58 $57,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 0.01 $23.53 $48,940

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Insurance Carriers 90 0.01 $27.58 $57,360
Management of Companies and Enterprises 90 0.01 $23.53 $48,940
Other Financial Investment Activities 300 0.09 $22.45 $46,700
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 320 0.03 $18.69 $38,870
Individual and Family Services 50 (7) $18.49 $38,460


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
California 6,990 0.50 1.11 $21.56 $44,840
Texas 4,210 0.42 0.93 $19.49 $40,540
Florida 2,990 0.42 0.94 $11.49 $23,910
Georgia 2,790 0.74 1.66 $19.43 $40,410
Ohio 2,490 0.51 1.13 $16.77 $34,880




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Rhode Island 510 1.13 2.52 $17.31 $36,000
Arkansas 850 0.75 1.68 $12.86 $26,750
Georgia 2,790 0.74 1.66 $19.43 $40,410
Idaho 440 0.74 1.65 $17.68 $36,770
Delaware 290 0.73 1.62 $20.60 $42,850




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Massachusetts 1,580 0.51 1.13 $27.72 $57,650
Alaska 210 0.68 1.51 $24.04 $50,010
New Jersey 1,220 0.32 0.72 $23.94 $49,790
California 6,990 0.50 1.11 $21.56 $44,840
Arizona 1,030 0.44 0.97 $21.04 $43,760

Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,880 0.86 1.91 $20.80 $43,270
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 1,700 0.44 0.99 $20.17 $41,960
Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL Metropolitan Division 1,330 0.38 0.84 $14.96 $31,110
Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX 1,270 0.51 1.13 $24.86 $51,700
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,120 0.67 1.50 (8) (8)
Baltimore-Towson, MD 900 0.73 1.62 $16.61 $34,550
Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Division 790 0.44 0.98 $19.43 $40,410
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 660 0.29 0.64 $17.68 $36,780
Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI Metropolitan Division 640 0.95 2.12 $15.73 $32,720
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 630 0.32 0.70 $15.00 $31,200




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Jonesboro, AR 80 1.71 3.81 $11.03 $22,940
Harrisonburg, VA 90 1.50 3.35 $26.61 $55,350
Kalamazoo-Portage, MI 190 1.48 3.31 $14.59 $30,340
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 60 1.43 3.19 (8) (8)
Port St. Lucie, FL 160 1.37 3.05 $13.45 $27,980
Kennewick-Pasco-Richland, WA 120 1.28 2.86 $15.29 $31,810
Farmington, NM 60 1.27 2.84 $13.03 $27,100
Jackson, MI 60 1.26 2.80 $12.86 $26,760
Shreveport-Bossier City, LA 210 1.22 2.71 $16.61 $34,550
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, FL 170 1.15 2.56 $11.65 $24,230




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA 90 0.93 2.08 $29.50 $61,360
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division 330 0.35 0.77 $29.13 $60,600
Framingham, MA NECTA Division 40 0.23 0.50 $27.79 $57,810
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 480 0.56 1.25 $27.70 $57,630
Edison-New Brunswick, NJ Metropolitan Division 220 0.23 0.52 $26.72 $55,570
Harrisonburg, VA 90 1.50 3.35 $26.61 $55,350
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward, CA Metropolitan Division 340 0.36 0.79 $26.35 $54,800
Valdosta, GA 50 1.08 2.40 $25.63 $53,320
Bend, OR 30 0.56 1.24 $25.43 $52,890
Trenton-Ewing, NJ 40 0.18 0.40 $25.39 $52,810

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 1.64 3.65 $11.29 $23,490
Northeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 180 0.88 1.96 $11.06 $23,000
Eastern Texas nonmetropolitan area 170 0.62 1.38 $16.09 $33,460
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 150 0.41 0.91 $15.95 $33,170
Central Texas nonmetropolitan area 150 1.09 2.44 $18.96 $39,430

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Southcentral Idaho nonmetropolitan area 130 1.88 4.20 $20.00 $41,600
Southwest Idaho nonmetropolitan area 30 1.74 3.89 $18.24 $37,930
Southeast Mississippi nonmetropolitan area 200 1.64 3.65 $11.29 $23,490
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.54 3.43 $11.95 $24,850
Coastal Oregon nonmetropolitan area 90 1.35 3.02 $17.12 $35,600

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area 40 1.05 2.33 $30.80 $64,060
North Central Colorado nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $28.77 $59,830
Western New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 40 0.59 1.31 $28.15 $58,550
Southern Oregon nonmetropolitan area 60 1.02 2.28 $21.32 $44,350
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area (8) (8) (8) $20.07 $41,740


About May 2010 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(7) The value is less than .005 percent of industry employment.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2010 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2010 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

List of Occupations in SOC Code Number Order

List of Occupations in Alphabetical Order

Download May 2010 Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates in Zipped XLS files

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: May 17, 2011