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Occupational Employment Statistics
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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2019

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)
66,670 2.8 % $23.82 $49,550 1.4 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.46 $13.68 $20.71 $30.32 $41.86
Annual Wage (2) $21,750 $28,450 $43,080 $63,070 $87,060


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 64,420 6.59 $23.67 $49,230
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.04 $27.40 $56,990
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 500 0.05 $36.02 $74,920
Legal Services 170 0.02 $28.49 $59,260
Employment Services 160 0.00 $26.37 $54,850

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 64,420 6.59 $23.67 $49,230
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 500 0.05 $36.02 $74,920
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.04 $27.40 $56,990
Legal Services 170 0.02 $28.49 $59,260
Office Administrative Services 60 0.01 $26.71 $55,550

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Securities, Commodity Contracts, and Other Financial Investments and Related Activities 500 0.05 $36.02 $74,920
Management of Companies and Enterprises 120 0.01 $29.82 $62,030
Legal Services 170 0.02 $28.49 $59,260
Management, Scientific, and Technical Consulting Services 560 0.04 $27.40 $56,990
Office Administrative Services 60 0.01 $26.71 $55,550


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 8,910 0.51 1.13 $28.22 $58,700
Texas 5,060 0.41 0.90 $25.71 $53,470
Florida 4,910 0.56 1.23 $21.18 $44,050
New York 4,200 0.44 0.97 $31.53 $65,580
Illinois 2,600 0.43 0.95 $19.22 $39,980




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)
South Dakota 370 0.88 1.94 $20.01 $41,630
Idaho 610 0.83 1.83 $18.35 $38,170
Nebraska 710 0.72 1.58 $20.79 $43,250
Montana 330 0.71 1.56 $18.88 $39,260
Alaska 210 0.67 1.47 $28.31 $58,890




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 4,200 0.44 0.97 $31.53 $65,580
Colorado 1,080 0.40 0.89 $28.82 $59,940
Massachusetts 1,540 0.43 0.94 $28.67 $59,630
Alaska 210 0.67 1.47 $28.31 $58,890
California 8,910 0.51 1.13 $28.22 $58,700





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-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 4,660 0.48 1.06 $31.49 $65,500
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 3,570 0.57 1.26 $28.02 $58,280
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 2,050 0.44 0.97 $19.40 $40,350
Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, FL 1,700 0.65 1.42 $21.87 $45,490
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 1,670 0.53 1.16 $25.02 $52,050
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 1,520 0.42 0.92 $27.23 $56,640
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,430 0.58 1.27 $34.75 $72,280
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 1,370 0.49 1.08 $30.02 $62,440
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 1,200 0.44 0.97 $24.80 $51,590
Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX 1,060 0.35 0.76 $27.56 $57,330




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)
Grants Pass, OR 40 1.59 3.49 $14.90 $30,990
Rapid City, SD 90 1.41 3.12 $23.42 $48,710
San Angelo, TX 60 1.29 2.85 $21.41 $44,540
Reno, NV 310 1.28 2.83 $22.62 $47,050
Pensacola-Ferry Pass-Brent, FL 220 1.27 2.79 (8) (8)
Fresno, CA 430 1.10 2.43 $25.94 $53,960
Boise City, ID 360 1.09 2.39 $16.97 $35,300
Billings, MT 90 1.05 2.31 $22.25 $46,270
Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA 500 1.02 2.24 $21.78 $45,310
Elizabethtown-Fort Knox, KY 50 0.99 2.18 $16.51 $34,340