How Much Does a Tax Accountant Make a Year?

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How Much Does a Tax Accountant Make a Year?
Tax accountants today have the aid of computer programs. (Form 1040 Tax Forms image by Viola Joyner from Fotolia.com)

Tax accountants prepare tax returns for individuals. Tax accountants also gather and provide data for use on a company's tax return, CPA Finder reports. These accountants are knowledgeable in the areas of tax law, accounting and basic finance. A tax accountant's salary depends on factors such as his certification, his location, his employment status and other factors.

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Salary

According to PayScale.com, in a survey of 1,620 tax accountants, the median annual salary of a tax accountant is between £27,376 and £37,493 as of February 5, 2011. This salary package includes a base salary of between £27,660 and £36,521, a bonus of between £649 and £2,681 and profit sharing of between £642 and £1,963.

Salary by Certification

If a tax accountant is a certified public accountant (CPA), she earns a median annual salary of between £29,966 and £37,753 as of 2011. If she has a business certificate, she earns a median salary of between £26,726 and £37,672 each year. If she is a certified enrolled agent (EA), she earns a median annual salary of between £26,209 and £39,820. Those tax accountants who are chartered accountants (CA) earn a median annual salary of between £25,992 and £51,097. If a tax accountant has a license to practice law, she earns a median salary of between £31,935 and £59,611 each year, PayScale.com reports.

Salary by Location

If a tax accountant works in Florida or Ohio, he is on the lower end of the wage scale. As of 2011, those tax accountants who work in Florida earn a median annual salary of between £26,306 and £34,299, and those who work in Ohio earn a median annual salary of between £27,539 and £33,766. Tax accountants who work in Washington earn a median annual salary of between £31,788 and £38,505; those who work in New York earn between £31,060 and £40,072, PayScale.com reports.

Salary by Employment Status

If a tax accountant is a permanent employee, she earns a median annual salary of between £27,903 and £36,595. Part time tax accountants earn a median salary of between £19,838 and £26,986 each year. Temporary to Permanent tax accountants earn a median salary of between £17,193 and £29,524 each year. If a tax accountant is a temporary employee, she earns a median annual salary of between £26,568 and £36,370, according to PayScale.com.

Other Factors

Other factors that may impact a tax accountant's earnings are his level of experience, the size and reputation of his employer and his skill and work ethic. Experienced, hard-working tax accountants usually earn higher salaries than those who are inexperienced, and do not have a good work ethic. Also, larger, more reputable companies pay higher salaries. As of 2011, companies with one to nine professionals pay tax accountants between £25,222 and £33,423 and companies with 10 to 49 professionals pay tax accountants between £27,520 and £35,067 each year, PayScale.com reports.

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