There are currently an estimated 95,900 tax preparers in the United States. The tax preparer job market is expected to grow by 10.7% between 2016 and 2026.

How employable are tax preparers?

CareerExplorer rates tax preparers with a D employability rating, meaning this career should provide weak employment opportunities for the foreseeable future. Over the next 10 years, it is expected the US will need 15,200 tax preparers. That number is based on 10,300 additional tax preparers, and the retirement of 4,900 existing tax preparers.

What’s the supply of tax preparers?

The tax preparer industry is concentrated in California, Texas, Illinois

Tax Preparer job market by state

State Name Employed Tax Preparers
California 10,710
Texas 6,730
Illinois 4,080
Florida 3,470
New York 2,840
Georgia 2,770
Michigan 2,250
Pennsylvania 2,040
Ohio 1,780
Massachusetts 1,750
Indiana 1,700
Tennessee 1,600
Arizona 1,540
North Carolina 1,510
Louisiana 1,420
Oklahoma 1,410
Kentucky 1,330
Colorado 1,270
Missouri 1,100
Washington 1,080
Maryland 1,010
Minnesota 1,000
New Jersey 980
Oregon 980
Puerto Rico 920
South Carolina 900
Utah 810
Alabama 800
Arkansas 720
Wisconsin 700
Kansas 670
Iowa 570
Connecticut 550
Mississippi 550
Idaho 520
Nevada 460
New Mexico 410
Maine 360
South Dakota 340
West Virginia 320
Nebraska 310
Alaska 260
New Hampshire 240
Hawaii 210
Montana 170
North Dakota 160
District of Columbia 160
Rhode Island 160
Vermont 160
Delaware 110
Guam 70
Wyoming 60