Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents

General Information


Determine tax liability or collect taxes from individuals or business firms according to prescribed laws and regulations.

Workplace at a Glance

What you can expect to experience while on the job

  • Responsibility
  • Exposure to job hazards
  • Physical activity
  • Decision making
  • Repetitiveness
  • Level of competition
  • Time pressure

Job Outlook

Employment of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents is projected to decline 4 percent from 2019 to 2029. Employment of these workers will depend primarily on future changes to federal, state, and local government budgets. Budget reductions in recent years have resulted in decreased hiring for the agencies that employ these workers. Within the federal government, the primary employer of tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents is the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), which has experienced more severe budget cuts than many other federal agencies. Further employment declines for these workers in the federal government may occur if the IRS continues to operate with decreased budgets. Employment of these workers in the federal government is projected to decline 14 percent. At the state and local levels, funding for the departments in which tax examiners and collectors, and revenue agents work has been more stable. Therefore, employment of these workers in state and local government is expected to grow in line with overall state and local government employment.

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Average Salary



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Most Common Education Levels

People in this career achieve this level of education.

  • Bachelor's degree 39%
  • High school 31%
  • Master's degree 8%
  • Some college 7%
  • Associate's degree 6%
  • Post-secondary certificate 4%
  • Doctoral degree 0%
  • Post baccalaureate 0%
  • Less than high school 0%
  • Post-doctoral training 0%
  • Post-master's certificate 0%
  • First professional degree 0%

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Skills at a Glance

Skills helpful in this career

  • Verbal skills
  • Critical thinking & problem solving
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  • Leadership
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