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Occupational Employment and Wage Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2021

13-2082 Tax Preparers

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


National estimates for Tax Preparers
Industry profile for Tax Preparers
Geographic profile for Tax Preparers

National estimates for Tax Preparers:

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Tax Preparers:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
83,190 2.8 % $ 24.56 $ 51,080 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for Tax Preparers:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $ 11.51 $ 14.59 $ 22.26 $ 29.86 $ 41.09
Annual Wage (2) $ 23,930 $ 30,340 $ 46,290 $ 62,100 $ 85,470


Industry profile for Tax Preparers:

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

Industries with the highest levels of employment in Tax Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 79,090 7.88 $ 24.23 $ 50,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,480 0.16 $ 33.20 $ 69,060
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 210 0.02 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $ 35.89 $ 74,660
Employment Services 120 0.00 $ 24.34 $ 50,630

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in Tax Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Accounting, Tax Preparation, Bookkeeping, and Payroll Services 79,090 7.88 $ 24.23 $ 50,390
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,480 0.16 $ 33.20 $ 69,060
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 210 0.02 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Nondepository Credit Intermediation 60 0.01 $ 29.33 $ 61,010
Agencies, Brokerages, and Other Insurance Related Activities 80 0.01 $ 20.56 $ 42,770

Top paying industries for Tax Preparers:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Management of Companies and Enterprises 160 0.01 $ 35.89 $ 74,660
Legal Services (8) (8) $ 33.78 $ 70,260
Insurance Carriers 30 (7) $ 33.76 $ 70,220
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 210 0.02 $ 33.25 $ 69,160
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 2,480 0.16 $ 33.20 $ 69,060


Geographic profile for Tax Preparers:

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



Map of employment of tax preparers by state, May 2021


States with the highest employment level in Tax Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Texas 9,980 0.82 1.38 $ 28.55 $ 59,380
California 8,310 0.50 0.85 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
Florida 6,880 0.80 1.35 $ 21.33 $ 44,370
New York 6,610 0.76 1.29 $ 28.25 $ 58,760
Pennsylvania 2,960 0.53 0.90 $ 23.84 $ 49,590


Map of location quotient of tax preparers by state, May 2021


States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tax Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Arkansas 1,100 0.92 1.56 $ 16.68 $ 34,690
South Carolina 1,900 0.92 1.56 $ 21.19 $ 44,080
New Hampshire 570 0.90 1.53 $ 26.19 $ 54,470
Texas 9,980 0.82 1.38 $ 28.55 $ 59,380
South Dakota 340 0.81 1.38 $ 20.56 $ 42,760


Map of annual mean wages of tax preparers by state, May 2021


Top paying states for Tax Preparers:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Alaska (8) (8) (8) $ 38.80 $ 80,710
Colorado 1,780 0.68 1.15 $ 32.51 $ 67,620
Massachusetts 1,730 0.51 0.86 $ 30.27 $ 62,970
California 8,310 0.50 0.85 $ 28.91 $ 60,140
Texas 9,980 0.82 1.38 $ 28.55 $ 59,380



Map of employment of tax preparers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in Tax Preparers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 6,240 0.72 1.22 $ 29.20 $ 60,730
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,750 1.12 1.90 $ 24.36 $ 50,680
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,000 0.47 0.80 $ 28.46 $ 59,200
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,750 0.68 1.15 $ 22.19 $ 46,160
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,720 0.59 1.00 $ 26.25 $ 54,590
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ 1,640 0.78 1.31 $ 29.56 $ 61,490
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 1,400 0.53 0.89 $ 24.90 $ 51,800
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,320 0.51 0.86 $ 31.77 $ 66,080
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,320 0.59 0.99 $ 32.08 $ 66,730
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 1,160 0.60 1.02 $ 28.74 $ 59,780


Map of location quotient of tax preparers by area, May 2021


Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tax Preparers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Grants Pass, OR 60 2.07 3.51 $ 18.51 $ 38,490
Sumter, SC 60 1.65 2.80 $ 13.91 $ 28,940
Jacksonville, NC 70 1.36 2.31 $ 15.37 $ 31,960
Medford, OR 120 1.35 2.29 $ 23.53 $ 48,940
Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, SC 510 1.30 2.20 $ 29.44 $ 61,220
Rapid City, SD 90 1.29 2.19 $ 21.05 $ 43,790
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 2,750 1.12 1.90 $ 24.36 $ 50,680
Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO 260 1.08 1.82 $ 17.62 $ 36,640
Lake Havasu City-Kingman, AZ 60 1.07 1.81 $ 18.93 $ 39,380
San Angelo, TX 50 1.06 1.79 $ 21.22 $ 44,130


Map of annual mean wages of tax preparers by area, May 2021


Top paying metropolitan areas for Tax Preparers:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Anchorage, AK (8) (8) (8) $ 39.36 $ 81,880
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 630 0.59 0.99 $ 38.21 $ 79,470
Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, CO 1,110 0.76 1.28 $ 35.18 $ 73,170
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX (8) (8) (8) $ 33.75 $ 70,190
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 800 0.52 0.88 $ 33.45 $ 69,570
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,320 0.59 0.99 $ 32.08 $ 66,730
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,320 0.51 0.86 $ 31.77 $ 66,080
Portsmouth, NH-ME 50 0.57 0.97 $ 31.43 $ 65,380
Tyler, TX 50 0.53 0.89 $ 31.42 $ 65,360
Austin-Round Rock, TX 870 0.81 1.38 $ 31.18 $ 64,840

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in Tax Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
North Texas Region of Texas nonmetropolitan area 200 0.75 1.27 $ 15.80 $ 32,870
South Central Wisconsin nonmetropolitan area 140 0.72 1.22 $ 21.34 $ 44,380
North Northeastern Ohio nonmetropolitan area (noncontiguous) 140 0.46 0.77 $ 19.75 $ 41,080
Northern Indiana nonmetropolitan area 140 0.70 1.18 $ 19.27 $ 40,090
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 130 0.36 0.61 $ 17.18 $ 35,730

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in Tax Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
East Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 80 1.20 2.03 $ 19.31 $ 40,170
West Arkansas nonmetropolitan area 100 1.15 1.95 $ 15.54 $ 32,330
Central Oregon nonmetropolitan area 70 1.12 1.89 $ 20.92 $ 43,520
West Central-Southwest New Hampshire nonmetropolitan area 100 0.98 1.66 $ 21.05 $ 43,780
Southern West Virginia nonmetropolitan area 60 0.97 1.65 $ 15.00 $ 31,210

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for Tax Preparers:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Northwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 50 0.46 0.78 $ 31.05 $ 64,580
Southwest Colorado nonmetropolitan area 70 0.66 1.11 $ 28.71 $ 59,720
Western Washington nonmetropolitan area 100 0.82 1.38 $ 26.63 $ 55,380
Southeast Minnesota nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 0.60 $ 25.79 $ 53,640
North Valley-Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area 60 0.63 1.07 $ 25.38 $ 52,790


About May 2021 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 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 OEWS estimates and related information:

May 2021 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2021 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 31, 2022