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1,553 Master's Degrees Annually
#83 in Popularity (Master's)
$60,500 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Taxation Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many taxation graduations there were in 2018-2019 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Master’s Degree 1,553
Graduate Certificate 58

What Taxation Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, taxation majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Taxation Majors

This major prepares you for careers in which these knowledge areas are important:

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  • Economics and Accounting - Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Law and Government - Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills for Taxation Majors

When studying taxation, you’ll learn many skills that will help you be successful in a wide range of jobs - even those that do not require a degree in the field. The following is a list of some of the most common skills needed for careers associated with this major:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Taxation Majors

A major in taxation will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

What Can You Do With a Taxation Major?

Below is a list of occupations associated with taxation:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Accountants 10.0% $70,500
Auditors 10.0% $70,500
Financial Examiners 9.7% $80,180
Tax Preparers 10.7% $39,390

Who Is Getting a Master’s Degree in Taxation?

1,553 Master's Degrees Annually
52% Percent Women
30% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Roughly 52% of the graduates are women, and 48% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of taxation majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Taxation Students with Master's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 224
Black or African American 58
Hispanic or Latino 153
White 817
International Students 139
Other Races/Ethnicities 162

Geographic Diversity

Students from other countries are interested in Taxation, too. About 9.0% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • Vietnam
  • Canada

How Much Do Taxation Majors Make?

Master’s Degree Starting Salary

The median starting salary of students who graduated in 2015-2017 with a master’s degree in taxation was $71,650 per year. These stats come from the U.S. Department of Education. During this timeframe, most salaries fell between $64,625 (25th percentile) and $77,150 (75th percentile).

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One thing to note here is that not all of these people may be working in careers related to taxation.

Salaries According to BLS

Average salaries range from $46,860 to $78,820 (25th to 75th percentile) for careers related to taxation. This range includes all degree levels, so the salary for a person with just a bachelor’s degree may be a little less and the one for a person with an advanced degree may be a little more.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

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Some careers associated with taxation require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. In general, the more advanced your degree the more career options will open up to you. However, there is significant time and money that needs to be invested into your education so weigh the pros and cons.

How much schooling do you really need to compete in today’s job market? People currently working in careers related to taxation have obtained the following education levels.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 12.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 1.9%
Some College Courses 14.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 10.0%
Bachelor’s Degree 46.7%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 3.3%
Master’s Degree 11.1%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 0.1%

Online Taxation Programs

In 2018-2019, 113 schools offered a taxation program of some type. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 24 4
Certificate (1-2 years) 4 1
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 6 0
Bachelor’s Degree 18 3
Post-Baccalaureate 24 4
Master’s Degree 79 17
Post-Master’s 3 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Taxation Worth It?

The median salary for a taxation grad is $60,500 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 52% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $412,000 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to taxation.

Major Number of Grads
Business Administration & Management 135,757
Accounting 21,904
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 14,136
Human Resource Management 10,770
General Business/Commerce 10,236
Finance & Financial Management 6,277
Marketing 3,308
Management Information Systems 3,158
International Business 2,417
Entrepreneurial Studies 1,778
Other Business, Management & Marketing 1,240
Real Estate 1,186
Hospitality Management 1,072
General Sales & Marketing 637
Construction Management 507
Business/Managerial Economics 267
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 221
Insurance 173
Business/Corporate Communications 80
Telecommunications Management 38
Business Support & Assistant Services 0

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