In May 2004, median annual earnings for all tax examiners, collectors, and revenue agents were $43,490. The middle 50 percent earned between $32,520 and $62,570. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $25,120, and the top 10 percent earned more than $81,240.
However, median earnings vary considerably, depending on the level of government. At the Federal level, May 2004 median annual earnings for tax examiners were $52,830; at the State level, they were $41,920; and at the local level, they were $31,310. Earnings also vary by occupational specialty. For example, in the Federal Government in 2005, tax examiners earned an average of $36,963, revenue agents earned $81,417, and tax specialists earned $54,364.