Occupational Employment Statistics

Occupational Employment and Wages, 2002

13-2082 Tax Preparers

Prepare tax returns for individuals or small businesses but do not have the background or responsibilities of an accredited or certified public accountant.

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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)
54,330 4.5 % $15.21 $31,630 2.1 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $7.08 $8.41 $12.32 $18.35 $26.78
Annual Wage (2) $14,720 $17,480 $25,630 $38,180 $55,700

Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Accounting and bookkeeping services 51,790 $14.83 $30,860 1 13
Management of companies and enterprises 460 $26.81 $55,770 2 4
Management and technical consulting services 320 $22.78 $47,380 3 7
Depository credit intermediation 290 $25.97 $54,020 4 5
Nondepository credit intermediation 190 $20.45 $42,540 5 9

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Employment rank Wage rank
Other financial investment activities 100 $35.21 $73,240 7 1
Architectural and engineering services 50 $34.52 $71,790 12 2
Insurance carriers 60 $28.60 $59,490 9 3
Management of companies and enterprises 460 $26.81 $55,770 2 4
Depository credit intermediation 290 $25.97 $54,020 4 5

State profile for this occupation: Top

States with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Delaware 310 $13.77 $28,630 0.077% 334
Virginia 2,570 $11.97 $24,900 0.076% 515
California 10,000 $18.56 $38,600 0.069% 350
Florida 4,870 $11.59 $24,100 0.068% 511
Georgia 2,220 $11.82 $24,580 0.059% 485

Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of State employment Wage rank within State
Massachusetts 840 $23.18 $48,220 0.026% 210
California 10,000 $18.56 $38,600 0.069% 350
Maryland 430 $18.52 $38,510 0.018% 281
Nevada 100 $18.47 $38,410 0.009% 265
Connecticut 730 $18.39 $38,240 0.044% 312

Metropolitan area profile for this occupation: Top

Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of workers in this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Jacksonville, NC MSA 80 $8.30 $17,270 0.218%
Grand Junction, CO MSA 110 $18.55 $38,590 0.203%
Daytona Beach, FL MSA 290 $13.08 $27,210 0.180%
Punta Gorda, FL MSA 60 $14.66 $30,490 0.146%
Ventura, CA PMSA 420 $13.54 $28,170 0.145%

Top paying Metropolitan areas for this occupation:

MSA Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage Percent of MSA employment
Orange County, CA PMSA (6) $31.94 $66,430 (6)
San Francisco, CA PMSA 820 $30.39 $63,210 0.082%
Boston, MA-NH PMSA 540 $26.40 $54,920 0.028%
Philadelphia, PA-NJ PMSA 290 $25.19 $52,390 0.012%
Worcester, MA-CT PMSA 50 $22.93 $47,690 0.022%

About 2002 National, State, and Metropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

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These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas in every State and the District of Columbia. The top five employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable Excel files(XLS).

Percentile wage estimates show the percentage of workers in an occupation that earn less than a given wage and the percentage that earn more. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate—50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Data for detailed occupations does not sum to the totals because the totals include data for occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly mean wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(6) Estimates not released.

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Last Modified Date: November 26, 2003

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