Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2013

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)
67,810 2.6 % $20.84 $43,350 1.3 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $9.05 $11.49 $16.98 $26.74 $38.63
Annual Wage (2) $18,820 $23,900 $35,310 $55,630 $80,360


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 65,440 7.41 $20.78 $43,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 870 0.07 $25.16 $52,320
Legal Services 360 0.03 $21.08 $43,840
Other Financial Investment Activities 140 0.03 $25.10 $52,200
Employment Services 90 0.00 $20.84 $43,340

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 65,440 7.41 $20.78 $43,220
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 870 0.07 $25.16 $52,320
Legal Services 360 0.03 $21.08 $43,840
Other Financial Investment Activities 140 0.03 $25.10 $52,200
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 50 0.01 $18.15 $37,750

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 70 (7) $31.48 $65,480
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 870 0.07 $25.16 $52,320
Other Financial Investment Activities 140 0.03 $25.10 $52,200
Activities Related to Credit Intermediation (8) (8) $23.98 $49,880
Legal Services 360 0.03 $21.08 $43,840


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 7,120 0.48 0.95 $22.78 $47,390
New York 4,750 0.55 1.08 $29.06 $60,450
Florida 4,410 0.59 1.16 $12.30 $25,580
Texas 4,350 0.40 0.78 $19.36 $40,280
Illinois 3,190 0.56 1.09 $27.13 $56,430




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)
Massachusetts 2,540 0.78 1.52 $23.87 $49,650
South Dakota 300 0.74 1.45 $18.48 $38,430
Georgia 2,880 0.74 1.45 $20.35 $42,320
Louisiana 1,340 0.71 1.39 $16.45 $34,210
South Carolina 1,250 0.69 1.34 $14.62 $30,400




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 4,750 0.55 1.08 $29.06 $60,450
Maine 320 0.56 1.09 $28.49 $59,250
Illinois 3,190 0.56 1.09 $27.13 $56,430
Colorado 1,510 0.66 1.29 $26.22 $54,550
Hawaii 350 0.58 1.13 $26.17 $54,430





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)
New York-White Plains-Wayne, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division 3,380 0.64 1.26 $30.78 $64,020
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL Metropolitan Division 2,520 0.68 1.33 $29.58 $61,520
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale, CA Metropolitan Division 2,390 0.60 1.17 $21.05 $43,780
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.11 2.17 $24.36 $50,660
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA 1,930 0.84 1.64 $22.01 $45,770
Phoenix-Mesa-Glendale, AZ 1,230 0.69 1.35 $24.56 $51,090
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Division 1,210 0.51 1.00 $24.92 $51,830
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 1,180 0.66 1.28 $20.07 $41,750
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine, CA Metropolitan Division 970 0.66 1.30 $23.66 $49,210
Dallas-Plano-Irving, TX Metropolitan Division 960 0.45 0.88 $23.71 $49,320




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)
Jacksonville, NC 80 1.74 3.39 $9.55 $19,850
Reno-Sparks, NV 330 1.71 3.35 $26.38 $54,880
Port St. Lucie, FL 180 1.40 2.74 $10.59 $22,030
Sumter, SC 40 1.23 2.41 $11.33 $23,560
St. Joseph, MO-KS 60 1.18 2.31 $23.17 $48,200
New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, LA 610 1.16 2.27 $17.99 $37,410
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 170 1.12 2.19 $14.45 $30,060
Bend, OR 70 1.12 2.19 $18.41 $38,280
Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA NECTA Division 1,950 1.11 2.17 $24.36 $50,660
Rapid City, SD 70 1.10 2.15 $21.45 $44,620