Bureau of Labor Statistics

Concentration of tax preparers and accountants and auditors in 2015

April 06, 2016

It’s April and that means it’s time to file your taxes! Did you hire a tax preparer or accountant this year? In May 2015, Georgia had the highest concentration of tax preparers among states and Washington, DC, had the highest concentration of accountants and auditors. We measure this concentration with the location quotient. A location quotient greater than 1.00 means the occupation has a higher share of state employment than the national average. Georgia had a location quotient of 1.74 for tax preparers and Washington, DC, had a location quotient of 1.81 for accountants and auditors.

Location quotients of tax preparers by state, 2015


1.18 and higher
 
0.99 to 1.17
 
0.89 to 0.98
 
0.72 to 0.88
 
0.71 and lower
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Location quotients of tax preparers by state, 2015
State Location quotient Employment Annual mean wage

Georgia

1.74 3,730 $41,880

Oregon

1.62 1,470 43,630

Alaska

1.41 240 54,500

Michigan

1.35 2,920 40,760

South Carolina

1.34 1,360 31,670

Illinois

1.28 3,920 49,740

Massachusetts

1.25 2,230 58,450

California

1.23 9,920 56,170

Arizona

1.18 1,590 46,330

South Dakota

1.18 250 38,350

Louisiana

1.15 1,160 30,850

Indiana

1.14 1,760 32,670

Virginia

1.12 2,160 39,550

Missouri

1.10 1,550 50,270

Oklahoma

1.06 890 38,360

Montana

1.05 240 38,020

Kentucky

1.03 990 40,390

Arkansas

1.02 630 22,340

Colorado

1.02 1,310 57,190

United States

1.00 72,060 44,730

New Hampshire

0.99 330 35,990

Texas

0.97 5,880 43,390

Utah

0.97 670 51,600

Kansas

0.95 680 41,790

Maine

0.94 290 40,300

Minnesota

0.93 1,350 43,640

Tennessee

0.93 1,360 48,050

Florida

0.92 3,820 29,470

Hawaii

0.92 300 56,450

Connecticut

0.91 790 41,940

Nevada

0.89 570 50,750

Mississippi

0.88 510 26,940

Vermont

0.87 140 51,550

Ohio

0.85 2,350 37,030

Rhode Island

0.85 210 (1)

North Carolina

0.82 1,760 43,740

Iowa

0.78 620 40,220

New York

0.77 3,630 58,600

Nebraska

0.75 380 37,720

New Mexico

0.73 300 36,220

Idaho

0.72 240 33,780

New Jersey

0.71 1,440 42,660

West Virginia

0.68 250 26,500

Pennsylvania

0.59 1,770 42,450

Maryland

0.56 760 47,520

Wisconsin

0.56 820 39,830

Delaware

0.55 130 (1)

North Dakota

0.54 130 54,060

Alabama

0.52 510 29,200

Wyoming

0.35 50 31,720

District of Columbia

(1) (1) (1)

Washington

(1) (1) 37,170
Footnotes:

(1) Data not available

In May 2015, there were 1,226,910 people employed as accountants and auditors and 72,060 employed as tax preparers nationwide. After Georgia, tax preparers were most concentrated in Oregon (location quotient of 1.62), Alaska (1.41), and Michigan (1.35). In the United States, the average annual wage for tax preparers was $44,730, compared to $75,280 for accountants and auditors. Wages were higher for accountants and auditors than for tax preparers in every state for which data are available.

Location quotients of accountants and auditors by state, 2015


1.08 and higher
 
0.98 to 1.07
 
0.87 to 0.97
 
0.74 to 0.86
 
0.73 and lower
 
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Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Location quotients of accountants and auditors by state, 2015
State Location quotient Employment Annual mean wage

District of Columbia

1.81 10,860 $93,000

Colorado

1.55 33,830 74,700

Delaware

1.44 5,580 78,560

New York

1.27 101,920 91,630

Virginia

1.21 39,670 80,580

Maryland

1.18 27,330 80,580

South Dakota

1.18 4,360 61,990

Massachusetts

1.16 35,020 82,540

Texas

1.14 117,130 78,490

Minnesota

1.08 26,550 69,840

New Jersey

1.08 37,430 86,770

Pennsylvania

1.08 55,110 72,000

Florida

1.07 75,280 68,750

Nebraska

1.07 9,100 66,630

Vermont

1.07 2,890 71,790

Oklahoma

1.06 15,000 64,260

Rhode Island

1.06 4,450 79,110

California

1.05 144,540 80,860

Connecticut

1.05 15,460 78,450

Georgia

1.03 37,590 76,850

United States

1.00 1,226,910 75,280

North Dakota

0.98 3,890 56,000

Washington

0.98 26,030 73,890

Kansas

0.95 11,560 63,240

Illinois

0.94 48,910 72,550

Missouri

0.94 22,680 71,480

New Mexico

0.90 6,360 64,340

Alabama

0.89 14,840 67,040

Hawaii

0.89 4,920 59,630

Utah

0.89 10,540 70,140

Arizona

0.87 20,040 66,540

Ohio

0.87 40,780 69,760

South Carolina

0.84 14,470 60,900

North Carolina

0.83 30,390 73,060

Wisconsin

0.82 20,180 67,420

Alaska

0.81 2,350 80,980

Maine

0.81 4,280 60,200

New Hampshire

0.79 4,480 70,320

Indiana

0.78 20,380 65,210

Montana

0.77 3,050 62,820

Oregon

0.76 11,760 65,110

Michigan

0.75 27,570 71,420

Wyoming

0.73 1,830 66,650

Iowa

0.71 9,620 62,910

Kentucky

0.71 11,670 63,200

Nevada

0.71 7,810 64,010

Idaho

0.68 3,890 71,300

Louisiana

0.67 11,600 63,100

Tennessee

0.67 16,820 66,270

West Virginia

0.64 4,020 62,600

Mississippi

0.55 5,420 55,610

Arkansas

0.54 5,680 62,430

After Washington, DC, accountants and auditors were most concentrated in Colorado (location quotient of 1.55), Delaware (1.44), and New York (1.27). In each of these states, wages for accountants and auditors averaged more than $74,000 per year.

These data come from the Occupational Employment Statistics program. To learn more, see, "Occupational Employment and Wages — May 2015" (HTML) (PDF) and state and area occupational location quotient charts. The location quotient is the ratio of an occupation’s share of total state employment to the national average employment share.

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