Tax Collector

Quick Facts: Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents
2012 Median Pay $50,440 per year
$24.25 per hour
Entry-Level Education Bachelor’s degree
Work Experience in a Related Occupation None
On-the-job Training Moderate-term on-the-job training
Number of Jobs, 2012 69,500
Job Outlook, 2012-22 -4% (Decline)
Employment Change, 2012-22 -2,700

What Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents Do

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents ensure that federal, state, and local governments get their tax money from businesses and citizens. They review tax returns, conduct audits, identify taxes owed, and collect overdue tax payments.

Work Environment

Tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents work for federal, state, and local governments. Many work primarily in an office environment; others spend most of their time doing field audits in taxpayers’ homes or places of business.

How to Become a Tax Examiner or Collector, or Revenue Agent

Most tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents need a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. However, the level of education and experience required varies by position and employer.

Pay

The median annual wage for tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents was $50,440 in May 2012.

Job Outlook

Employment of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents is projected to decline 4 percent from 2012 to 2022. Employment change will depend primarily on future changes to federal, state, and local government budgets.