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Tax Preparers in California

Want to work in California as a Tax Preparer? Read this first!

9.1% Jobs Projection
$52,020 Median Salary
1,680 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Tax Preparers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Tax Preparers in California is growing faster than average.

  • Tax Preparers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Tax Preparers Work in California?

10,200 people worked as Tax Preparers in 2018 in this state.

There were 10,710 Tax Preparers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s a decline of 510 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 840 Tax Preparers working in it, which means California has more Tax Preparers than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for Tax Preparers in this state are growing at a rate of 9.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 10.7%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 1,680 annual job openings, and a total of 15,600 jobs for California Tax Preparers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 11,500 annual jobs and 106,200 total jobs in 2026.

What do Tax Preparers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for Tax Preparers ranged from $24,160 to $98,870 with $52,020 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $11.62 to $47.53. The median hourly rate was $25.01.

Workers in this field were paid a median of $26.44 an hour in 2017.

The hourly rate declined by $1.43.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for Tax Preparers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Tax Preparers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 4,870 $52,720
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 1,490 $63,890
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 740 $64,130
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 670 $49,160
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 540 $30,230
Fresno, CA 340 $25,040
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 330 $43,040
Santa Rosa, CA 190 $49,260
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 150 n/a
Bakersfield, CA 70 $29,960
Stockton-Lodi, CA 60 $56,940
Chico, CA 60 $35,160
Redding, CA 40 $54,480
El Centro, CA 40 $29,240
Salinas, CA 40 $63,240

Top States for Tax Preparers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Tax Preparers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 10,200 $52,020
Texas 6,280 $45,090
Florida 4,120 $30,060
New York 4,070 $61,880
Illinois 3,370 $28,240
Georgia 2,720 $33,640
Tennessee 2,390 $43,070
Pennsylvania 1,920 $35,610
Ohio 1,790 $37,390
Virginia 1,700 $27,690
Indiana 1,620 $34,690
Massachusetts 1,600 $59,920
Arizona 1,550 $34,930
Michigan 1,550 $0
Oklahoma 1,460 $40,320
Louisiana 1,430 $30,740
Kentucky 1,390 $30,080
North Carolina 1,280 $33,240
Maryland 1,210 $45,610
New Jersey 1,210 $46,460

Below are the states where Tax Preparers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
New York $61,880
Massachusetts $59,920
Colorado $56,690
Hawaii $53,210
California $52,020
Minnesota $51,260
District of Columbia $50,520
Oregon $49,660
Vermont $49,540
Alaska $49,520

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