Training Requirements for Tax Preparers

Tax preparers need a high school diploma or equivalent and moderate-term on-the-job training.

Degrees for Tax preparers
Percent
Less than High School 1.7
High School 12.5
Some College 24.4
Associates Degree 9.0
Bachelors Degree 32.9
Masters Degree 14.2
Doctorate or Professional Degree 5.4

Employment Outlook for Tax Preparers

This represents about 90,000 people in the United States.

Over the next 10 years there will be aproximately 1,000 more tax preparers but, because of expected growth and replacement needs in the United States, we will need 24,000 more.

Typical Income for Tax Preparers

Hourly Income

On average,tax preparers make $21.80 per hour.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Tax preparers $9.42 $11.80 $17.57 $27.83 $38.58
Business and financial operations occupations $17.74 $23.78 $31.99 $43.47 $58.13
Financial specialists $18.61 $24.76 $33.07 $45.64 $63.36
Tax examiners, collectors and preparers, and revenue agents $10.49 $14.69 $21.78 $30.88 $43.48
National Average $9.27 $11.60 $17.81 $28.92 $45.45

Annual Salaries

On average, tax preparers make $45,340 per year.

Bottom 10% Bottom 25% Median Top 75% Top 90%
Tax preparers $19,600 $24,550 $36,550 $57,880 $80,250
Business and financial operations occupations $36,910 $49,460 $66,530 $90,410 $120,910
Financial specialists $38,700 $51,510 $68,780 $94,940 $131,800
Tax examiners, collectors and preparers, and revenue agents $21,820 $30,560 $45,300 $64,240 $90,430
National Average $19,290 $24,140 $37,040 $60,150 $94,540

This data is from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics

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