Assistant Controller Salary

A little more than half of Assistant Controllers in the United States are seasoned employees who have more than 10 years of experience in the field. Pay ranges from $46K to $111K per year, and the average comes out to $71K per year. Total cash earnings of Assistant Controllers range from $46K on the low end to $111K on the high end; the final amount can include bonuses and profit sharing proceeds that occasionally exceed $15K and $10K, respectively. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by geographic location, but the company and tenure are influential factors as well. Most Assistant Controllers like their work and job satisfaction is high. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Assistant Controllers survey participants are largely women, dominating at 63 percent. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$48,611 - $105,452
$49K
$71K
$110K
MEDIAN: $70,598
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$14.47 - $32.93
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MEDIAN: $21.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,611 - $105,452  
   
Bonus
$504 - $15,070  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,950  
Commission
$12,142  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,172 - $110,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,459
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$14.47 - $32.93  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.00  
Overtime
$21.14 - $44.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$504 - $15,070  
   
Commission
$12,142  
Profit Sharing
$0.00 - $9,950  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$46,172 - $110,518  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 238

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Job Description for Assistant Controller

An assistant controller manages day-to-day accounts activities and often oversees any internal auditing. The assistant controller must have a good working knowledge of financial regulations to ensure that the finance department is working within those parameters. It is expected that the assistant controller is a good leader and manager, as they usually help develop their team and advise their superiors. Assistant controllers are responsible for the accuracy of data in accounts, and they must ensure that all of their counts maintain integrity. They also may be responsible for the budget and for allocating resources as necessary; this includes creating reports and overseeing the annual budget and presenting it to their superiors. The assistant controller will often report to the company’s chief executive officer or chief financial officers, in addition to other supervisors they may have.

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Assistant Controller Tasks

  • Assist in the preparation and reporting of financial statements for an organization.
  • Review and edit statements to align with business requirements and industry standards.

Common Career Paths for Assistant Controller


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Though it's uncommon, some Assistant Controllers move into roles as Chief Financial Officers, where pay is an average $123K per year. Typical career progression for an Assistant Controller involves becoming a Financial Controller or a Corporate Controller, roles that pay $7K more and $23K more on average.

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Popular Skills for Assistant Controller


Assistant Controllers seem to require a rather large skill set. Most notably, skills in Budgeting, Financial Analysis, Financial Reporting, and Financial Applications are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Human Resources, Accounts Receivable, and Quickbooks. Most people who know Financial Analysis also know Month-End Close.

Pay by Experience Level for Assistant Controller

Pay by Experience for an Assistant Controller has a positive trend. An entry-level Assistant Controller with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $61,000 based on 825 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Assistant Controller with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,043 salaries. An experienced Assistant Controller which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $77,000 based on 1,086 salaries. An Assistant Controller with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $76,000 based on 506 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $70,692

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For those looking to make money, Assistant Controllers in San Francisco enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 48 percent above the national average. Assistant Controllers will also find cushy salaries in Washington (+32 percent), Los Angeles (+29 percent), New York (+28 percent), and Denver (+24 percent). Seattle is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 6 percent.

Assistant Controller Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Assistant Controller?

Assistant Controller in Waterloo:
"Great Experience."
Pros: Something new to learn everyday. Working for a CFO and Controller is always going to allow me to learn something new.
Cons: Very repetitive. Most duties are the same every single month.

Assistant Controller in Boston:
"Closest Match to Small Business Controller."
Pros: Independence, Work from Home, Set my own scheduled (mostly), High level of responsibility.
Cons: Tax work, after hours requests/skypes.

Assistant Controller in St. Charles:
Pros: Enjoy the work, the location and my co-workers.
Cons: Some weeks require 45 to 50 hours per week or longer at year end. At the current time, I also am responsible for benefit administration, including 401K and insurance.

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Key Stats for Assistant Controller

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 votes.
Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%
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Years in Fields/Career:
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Experience Affects Assistant Controller Salaries

▲9%

▲8%

▲2%

National Average
$71,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Assistant Controller Salaries

▲8%




General Ledger Accounting
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Month-End Close
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National Average
$71,000








▼13%


Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 390 votes.

Gender

Female
63 %
Male
37 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
20%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
33%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
vision benefits
Vision: 62%
no benefits
None: 12%