Becoming a Tax Professional via Online Education?

At the very least, online education can help you lay a foundation and/or open up alternate career paths. Kaplan University, one of the highest ranking online schools, is a US school (accredited) offering tax courses to train individuals to become top-notch tax preparers, accountants, tax accountants, tax specialists, CPAs, tax professionals, etc. Currently, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics there are 69,500 people employed as tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents alone in America, and their average annual salary is $53,800. Tax preparers make on average $36,060 per year and there are about 61,130 of them employed today. Colleges and universities like Kaplan University that provide online education are successfully launching workers into this field.

Tax Professional Salary Information

Category: Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents

Total # Employed in the US 69,500
Average Hourly Wage: $25.87/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$13.94 $17.9 $23.34 $32.37 $43.72
Average Yearly Salary $53,800
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$28,990 $37,240 $48,550 $67,330 $90,940
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
0.9% 21.1% 23.6% 9.6% 35.8% 7.6% 1.4%
Tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Delaware $35.21/hr $73,230
Alaska $34.87/hr $72,520
North Dakota $34.35/hr $71,440
Indiana $33.75/hr $70,200
Kansas $32.41/hr $67,410
Pennsylvania $32.28/hr $67,150
Montana $31.7/hr $65,930
Connecticut $30.7/hr $63,860
Colorado $30.17/hr $62,750
Oklahoma $30.08/hr $62,580
Virginia $29.62/hr $61,610
New York $29.44/hr $61,230
Mississippi $29.37/hr $61,090
Missouri $29.22/hr $60,780
South Carolina $28.61/hr $59,500
Louisiana $27.89/hr $58,020
Nebraska $27.38/hr $56,960
Ohio $26.56/hr $55,240
District of Columbia $26.23/hr $54,550
New Jersey $25.98/hr $54,040
Alabama $25.5/hr $53,050
Arkansas $25.33/hr $52,690
New Mexico $25.25/hr $52,520
Wyoming $24.99/hr $51,970
Iowa $24.74/hr $51,450
Tennessee $24.52/hr $51,000
Kentucky $24.26/hr $50,470
Wisconsin $24.21/hr $50,360
North Carolina $23.71/hr $49,320
Puerto Rico $23.68/hr $49,260
Oregon $23.25/hr $48,360
Massachusetts $23.01/hr $47,850
South Dakota $22.77/hr $47,370
Washington $22.62/hr $47,060
Maryland $21.85/hr $45,450
Utah $21.77/hr $45,280
New Hampshire $21.75/hr $45,240
Guam $21.71/hr $45,150
Idaho $21.59/hr $44,900
West Virginia $21.33/hr $44,360
Hawaii $21.06/hr $43,810
Maine $20.94/hr $43,560
California $20.48/hr $42,600
Michigan $20.1/hr $41,810
Nevada $18.71/hr $38,920


Category: Tax preparers

Total # Employed in the US 61,130
Average Hourly Wage: $17.34/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$8.5 $10.47 $14.45 $21.82 $30.9
Average Yearly Salary $36,060
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$17,680 $21,780 $30,060 $45,390 $64,270
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.1% 15.5% 24.8% 8.8% 31.5% 12.5% 4.9%
Tax preparers — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Missouri $29.06/hr $60,440
Alaska $27.49/hr $57,170
Colorado $23.86/hr $49,620
Indiana $23.73/hr $49,350
North Dakota $23.29/hr $48,450
District of Columbia $20.62/hr $42,880
North Carolina $20.6/hr $42,850
New Mexico $20.01/hr $41,630
Mississippi $19.97/hr $41,540
Puerto Rico $19.86/hr $41,310
Connecticut $19.58/hr $40,740
Tennessee $19.5/hr $40,560
New York $18.85/hr $39,210
Idaho $18.8/hr $39,100
Guam $18.34/hr $38,140
Wyoming $18.14/hr $37,720
Arkansas $17.71/hr $36,830
Iowa $17.14/hr $35,650
Nebraska $16.73/hr $34,800
Virginia $16.69/hr $34,720
Delaware $16.66/hr $34,660
Kentucky $16.21/hr $33,730
Kansas $16.11/hr $33,500
South Carolina $15.6/hr $32,450
Wisconsin $15.36/hr $31,950
Utah $15.3/hr $31,830
Oklahoma $15.12/hr $31,450
Washington $15.04/hr $31,280
New Hampshire $14.96/hr $31,110
West Virginia $14.58/hr $30,330
Florida $14.48/hr $30,120
Maine $14.41/hr $29,980
Massachusetts $14/hr $29,120
Ohio $13.89/hr $28,890
Michigan $13.86/hr $28,820
Oregon $13.77/hr $28,650
New Jersey $13.71/hr $28,510
Montana $13.7/hr $28,490
Alabama $13.37/hr $27,810
Maryland $13.04/hr $27,120
Nevada $12.65/hr $26,320
South Dakota $12.28/hr $25,550
California $12.25/hr $25,470
Hawaii $12.01/hr $24,990
Louisiana $11.85/hr $24,660


Category: Financial specialists, all other

Total # Employed in the US 153,720
Average Hourly Wage: $31.16/hr
Hourly Wage Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$16.87 $21.18 $28.05 $37.63 $49.31
Average Yearly Salary $64,810
Yearly Salary Range
PERCENTILE
10%25%50%75%90%
$35,100 $44,050 $58,350 $78,280 $102,560
Employment Demographics
% OF WORKERS WITH
< High School Diploma High School Diploma Some College Associate Degree Bachelor Degree Master Degree Doctoral Degree
2.2% 15.8% 21.1% 10.0% 34.1% 13.9% 2.9%
Financial specialists, all other — WAGES BY STATE, SORTED BY SALARY
STATEAverage Hourly WageAverage Annual Salary
Florida $43.46/hr $90,410
Delaware $38.77/hr $80,650
Missouri $34.91/hr $72,610
Kansas $34.77/hr $72,320
Oklahoma $33.78/hr $70,260
Colorado $32.56/hr $67,730
Connecticut $32.46/hr $67,510
Nevada $32.26/hr $67,100
Indiana $31.91/hr $66,370
Maine $31.89/hr $66,330
West Virginia $31.67/hr $65,880
North Dakota $31.64/hr $65,810
South Carolina $31.45/hr $65,410
Oregon $31.17/hr $64,830
Mississippi $31.03/hr $64,530
Utah $31.02/hr $64,510
Alabama $30.91/hr $64,280
North Carolina $30.82/hr $64,100
Montana $29.98/hr $62,350
New Hampshire $29.64/hr $61,660
South Dakota $29.61/hr $61,590
Wisconsin $29.45/hr $61,260
Guam $29.28/hr $60,900
New Mexico $29.15/hr $60,640
Wyoming $29.13/hr $60,590
Washington $29.11/hr $60,540
Nebraska $28.86/hr $60,030
Alaska $28.72/hr $59,740
Tennessee $28.51/hr $59,300
Kentucky $28.3/hr $58,870
Hawaii $28.26/hr $58,790
Puerto Rico $28.21/hr $58,670
Ohio $27.99/hr $58,220
New York $26.99/hr $56,130
Iowa $26.77/hr $55,680
Idaho $26.69/hr $55,510
Virginia $26.36/hr $54,820
Michigan $25.94/hr $53,940
Arkansas $24.76/hr $51,490
Maryland $24.68/hr $51,340
New Jersey $24.47/hr $50,890
Louisiana $24.21/hr $50,350
California $22.93/hr $47,680
Pennsylvania $22.56/hr $46,920


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